Ice fishing has long been one of the most popular winter pastimes in Canada and the northern U.S. All you need is access to a solidly frozen lake because a flowing river doesn’t freeze thick enough. Ice fishers typically sit in simple enclosures that protect them from the elements. These go by interchangeable names like ice shack, ice shanty, fish house or ice-fishing shed. Some enthusiasts are taking things up a notch by building deluxe sheds featuring dining areas, office space and even electricity for TVs and microwaves.
However, most ice-fishing fans still prefer a basic, well-built shed that has a window, bench seat, portable heater and trap doors covering the ice holes. In addition, many ice fishing sheds are built on runners or skis for easy mobility to other spots on the lake. In the winter, anglers can catch the same types of fish they land in summer, including perch, bluegill and walleye.
“We’ve built several ice-fishing sheds in recent years,” says Russ Steinhoff, Jr., sales and design consultant at Tuff Shed in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Durability is the #1 consideration, which is why Steinhoff often recommends products from the LP Outdoor Building Solutions portfolio:
If you’re interested in building an ice-fishing shed, don’t forget these two safety tips: