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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #20 on: Nov 03, 2016, 07:25 AM »
1 year old is to youngjust my opinion, I took my son at 3 years old haad a permy to go to. At 3 his attention span was very short he wanted to catch a fish but the wait was the hardest part. We played cards (go fish) built snowmen and ate alot of snacks. Took my daughter and grandsons at age 5 much better experience for all of us.
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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #21 on: Nov 03, 2016, 12:55 PM »
I started my kids around that age.  I had a pupup hub shelter.  I would have someone (mother/grandparent) bring them later and pick them up earlier when they were that age.  At 4 or so they started staying out all day.  Go to some place where you will have lots of action.  You will be amazed how fun it is to catch slime darts and little perch when it's your kids first time.

This is my little guy the first time he spent the full day on the ice.  He was rocking back and forth on the cooler and the next thing I know he is asleep on the cooler just like you see him.  Great day on the ice!  Six years later and he still loves it.




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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #22 on: Nov 04, 2016, 03:56 AM »
I have a polar bird 3T with the insulated floor. Between that and dragging him around in a sled we are going to have a blast. Thanks for the foam mat idea

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #23 on: Nov 10, 2016, 01:46 PM »
I started my kids around that age.  I had a pupup hub shelter.  I would have someone (mother/grandparent) bring them later and pick them up earlier when they were that age.  At 4 or so they started staying out all day.  Go to some place where you will have lots of action.  You will be amazed how fun it is to catch slime darts and little perch when it's your kids first time.

This is my little guy the first time he spent the full day on the ice.  He was rocking back and forth on the cooler and the next thing I know he is asleep on the cooler just like you see him.  Great day on the ice!  Six years later and he still loves it.......... That's freakin hilarious!




Don't use anything over 6" for an auger... Your kids will always find the biggest hole to fall into. Also always cover your auger blade... For same reason as above. ... O yea,  don't expect to catch many fish,  you will be spending most of your time unhooking fish,  untangling lines, taking care of ouchies and generally trying to keep the kids from killing them selfs.  Enjoy!  (My son at 3 years old)

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #24 on: Nov 12, 2016, 10:12 PM »
I started taking my son when he was 3. He is 7 now and loves it. In fact, he can't wait for the ice to freeze to go this year.  First of all, pick a warm blue bird day.  If it is cold and nasty, it will be a short trip; trust me, I have been there.  Bring plenty of snacks and hot cocoa. He also wears a life preserver under his coat.  Keep him near you at all times.  I remind my kid every year to watch out for spear holes.  I usually pull him in the sled so he doesn't have to walk so far. Have patience; Once, I had to walk 300 yards back to the truck to get a Batman toy!  The first few years, he will want to do other things besides fishing, so bring toys.  The older he gets, the more fishing he will want to do.  Find a panfish or perch hole where he can catch lots of fish, because not catching fish while waiting for that big Northern or Walleye is boring!  When he asks to go home, it's time to go! No questions, or he may not want to go ice fishing again (I learned that with my oldest).  And finally, have fun! That's about all that I can think of.  One more thing, make sure you have a camera to get a pic of his first fish.

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #25 on: Nov 17, 2016, 11:20 AM »
Heck yeah I would take em. When my girls where under 2 it was mostly just playing on the ice and making sure they didn't trip on the fishing poles or step into the holes. After they got over 2 it was still kind of the same, but at least I would get to fish for 15 min and then play for half hour then fish for 15 min and so on. Only about 2-3 hours worth of being on the ice though. This year my oldest will be almost 4 and she is already excited to go ice fishing. I say take your kids to do everything outdoorsy that you can. They grow up quick, and will hopefully grow up to like being outside and not being a "millennial" which technically is my generation(unfortunately) haha. I hate being inside and I'm trying to raise my kids to be the same. They go hunting, fishing, hiking, to get firewood, anything I do they do as well. Granted they are more or less just playing outside times than actually accomplishing anything times. Get them their "own" equipment too. My kids "help" me use the auger(its not gas powered) they have their own poles and get mad if I use them, and they help scoop the ice out of the hole after we break through to the water. And my last bit of advice is MAKE SURE THEY PEE BEFORE YOU LEAVE! Those snow suites are hard to get off when nature calls and a bare bottom in 15-40 degree weather is not much fun!

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #26 on: Nov 24, 2016, 09:43 PM »
I think it's more of a case of how well does the kid listen and the conditions.  I'm going to try to take my six year old with me for the first time this year and it may sound crazy to some but I'm going to make her wear a life preserver.  Yeah she might look silly but I'd rather her look silly and be safe than have her fall through a hole, you can't be too careful when it comes to kids if you ask me.

I'm doing the same thing.  Same as and she will have a life jacket on as well as a rope.  smart choice imo.

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #27 on: Nov 30, 2016, 02:25 PM »
I think it's more of a case of how well does the kid listen and the conditions.  I'm going to try to take my six year old with me for the first time this year and it may sound crazy to some but I'm going to make her wear a life preserver.  Yeah she might look silly but I'd rather her look silly and be safe than have her fall through a hole, you can't be too careful when it comes to kids if you ask me.

Took  my son out with a rental the first time when he was 4.  nice and warm and comfy inside.

Def make my kids wear a life jacket when i take them out, i know its probably silly (im not taking them out on anything less than 8") and they dont need it but ive got my float suit and picks and they got nothing, and if something catastrophic happens and they fall in a huge open hole or something you cant very well dive in with a float suit on!

Whenever I go fishing with the family I don''t expect to get any fishing done.  Going in with that expectation makes things easier, can only keep your cool so many times after getting a follower only to hear "daaaad" and have to reel up to to help.  I'm concentrating on making sure they all have fun, I like to think its an investment for the future, couple years hopefully they are enthusiastic anglers begging me to take them out.

I bring snacks, movies, colouring books, candy ...and they really like playing with minnows lol
Also if you can find an ice taxi to take you out is helpful, because they are usually exhausted after a walk in the snow/ice or you will be draggin them in the sled!!!

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #28 on: Dec 01, 2016, 08:35 PM »
I took my son out I believe 2 years ago when he turned 5, didn't go very well.  I'd say 6 is better (his birthday is in January).  I'm not good at packing toys and stuff and my wife doesn't come.  I made the mistake to take him out in a blizzard, it wasn't extremely cold, but my 4x4 failed and I shattered the rear end carrier on my truck while leaving the boat launch.  Ended up installing a Eaton Truetrac myself, fixed the 4x4 and shouldn't have that issue again.  At 6 years old, he's been able to re-focus much better when I tell him it's not time to leave yet...we were out on the boat last Friday for the majority of the day.

I have an 8" auger and agree with the others, your child will step in the hole if it's larger than 6".

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #29 on: Dec 02, 2016, 10:55 AM »
My son has been going with me since he was 4.
Now he is 17 and he likes to quiz me about the bite before he commits! ;D
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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #30 on: Dec 02, 2016, 04:46 PM »
I have an 8" auger and agree with the others, your child will step in the hole if it's larger than 6".

Mine stepped into a 6" and almost got stuck, and almost lost his boot, might have taken a (seemed longer) a minute to free him.. Only ended up with a wet leg and a short trip.. In that one case, I would rather he stepped in a 8" hole..

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #31 on: Dec 02, 2016, 05:11 PM »
I've raised 3 kids and had several nieces and nephews out on the ice as early as 3 years of age.  I use an 8 inch hand auger for early ice, and a 10 inch gasser when there's enough ice to warrant the gas.  I've only had one kid step in a hole.  My youngest put one foot in a 10 inch hole.  He DIDN'T disappear under the ice.  My nephew takes his family on the ice, and his kids as soon as they can walk.  He uses a 10 inch auger exclusively.  He doesn't own a hand crank auger.  Every one of his kids have gotten their feet wet... ONCE.  No emergencies, no trips to the E.R., no under the ice rescues.  I think some people make too big of a deal of this.



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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #32 on: Dec 03, 2016, 11:37 AM »
I took my 2 boys out at 3 & 4.  This year will be our 3rd. What I have learned is to be patient. If it can go wrong it will. Bring pliers for those deep hook sets. They will also want to check on their bait every 2 - 5 minutes. If they decide that cleaning out the ice in the hole is more fun let them. A few scoops have been lost this way but its all about keeping them occupied. Your line might only get wet once or twice but to have them catching pan fish on their Spider-Man "ice" fishing poles with slip bobbers is great. The faces with tongues hanging out half way while reeling up the fish is priceless.

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #33 on: Dec 05, 2016, 05:38 PM »
 A lot of good tips,I agree with all. The one thing I tried to do was take my son to lakes that produced quantity to quality. Nothing like reeling in drink gills,crappie,and perch all day. Snacks and beverage are a must. My son could run tip ups at 5 by himself.

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #34 on: Dec 07, 2016, 08:42 PM »
My dad brought me when I  was 3 and i never looked  back can't imagine my life without the hardwater !!!!!

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #35 on: Dec 08, 2016, 11:06 AM »
lots of good advice on here. personally, i don't have kids, but i take a LOT of young and/or inexperienced anglers out, and the younger kids are always the ones most enthralled by the process of it all (drilling the holes, choosing the lures, baiting the hook, etc.).

someone also talked about bringing kites out on the ice, and i could not agree more. it's a huge open space, usually with lots of wind to spare. kites on the ice is something i've been doing for entertainment since for a long time.

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #36 on: Dec 17, 2016, 08:20 PM »
I believe I was 5-6 when my dad first took me.  I don't remember a lot from when I was that young but I do remember that trip. We were gonna go to Williams fork in Colorado.  My uncle and a lot of my dads friends loved ice fishing and were really serious about it.  My uncle had the snowmobiles which is funny cause I actually bought them from him last year for me and my brothers. My dads buddy Danny loved fishing for big lakers, he took a rotisserie machine and rigged it up to put his 2 rods on then he'd drop the lines turn it on and that thing would sit there and jig his poles for him it was really cool.  Them guys were pretty hardcore and never took sharks but my dad knew if he didn't have one for me would be a short day so we spent 2 weeks before building a shack.  When we got there we fished shallow water towards the boat ramp my dad hoping we might get more action, everyone else hit the deep water.  Personally I don't remember catching anything but I do remember we moved out whack back about 30 feet to try a new spot.  Bout 45 minutes later were heard everyone whooping and hollering and so me and my dad ran over to see the commotion.  Somebody had a monster laker hooked it was really cool to watch them try to land him.  I remember Danny's holes were about 3 feet apart and someone finally said they seen the fish I was looking down the hole next to the one they had him hooked in and remember seeing a huge tail completely cover a 10" hole.  I may be exaggerating but I was young.  They all told me to come over and look down the other hole as the fish was coming out, trying to get his head turned up it that big laker had one last move and opened his mouth as wide as he could. My dad was getting ready to lip him and someone said they couldn't believe it cause the fishes tail was showing in one hole and his head was in the other plus he was turned cause his head was just starting to come up the hole.  He Jd to be 36" plus right then that white jogged shot outa that hole like a rocket and he was gone. 
I started getting cold and everyone was dropping lines back down hoping to hook up again and I told my dad I was headed to the shack.  I was about 30 feet from the shack and stepped right through one of the old holes.  One leg right up to my hip and I couldn't get outa it with how my other leg was stuck under my butt.  I was yelling for my dad and he just thought I slipped, he came walking over and when he realized I was in a hole he freaked out.  I remember him getting me to the shack and telling me to strip so we could get my wet pants off.
It was a great time although thought my leg was gonna freeze off we got me dried up and I kept fishing sitting in front of the heater in my underware. 
I don't blame my dad for it at all just if you bring ur kids keep an eye on them, some people fill in their holes with snow when they leave, this is one reason I always leave mine open and try to leave some slush built up around them.  I know how kids are when they get bored they wanna run and play. Luckily in CO 10" is the max sized hole it always scares me to see 2-3 holes drilled together especially if I know families bring kids on a lake, I bet my skinny but could go through 3 10" holes if I hit it right. I've only got a 30" waist. 
Anyways thought I'd share, I'll take my kids out when I have them as soon as they are ready I just know I 1. Better be able to keep them entertained 2. Plan short trips 3. Be able to keep them warm if I need to.. That usually turned into my biggest problem was staying warm

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #37 on: Dec 29, 2016, 08:48 AM »
The best age to take your kids ice fishing is after you've reached your 40's - 50's.
Anything sooner than that you may not have to necessary patience.
And bring LOTS of patience! The minute you run out of patience the aspect of fun vacates the building ...

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #38 on: Jan 24, 2017, 09:28 PM »
My son turned 12 this summer. This is the first year he was actually interested in ice fishing. I guess for me it depends on how interested they are. If they are bored they tend to get cold faster.
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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #39 on: Jan 25, 2017, 03:31 PM »
Interest is important, but have to keep them occupied and make it fun as well.  I used to bring football, Frisbees, and cook lots of hot dogs.  Gong to place where they will catch some fish, even small ones, is better than going to a place where your only goal is to catch big fish, but only have few hits.  I would limit it to a couple hours too, to keep it from seeing like a long day.

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