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Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« on: Oct 19, 2016, 04:06 PM »
I can't wait to take my son ice fishing but a lot of people have told me he's to young. He is 2 1/2 years old. What does everyone think is a good age to take a kid ice fishing?

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #1 on: Oct 19, 2016, 04:24 PM »
Short trips ...lots of snacks ...let him play with the minnows in the bucket ...check his pockets before going in...let him see you land a fish on a tip up ...bring a kite ...anything to keep him out as long as you can and he can tolerate the weather or boredom ...get that young'n out in nature . PS don't expect to catch a lot of fish ..expect to go home earlier then expected ...pick your day ...bluebird days are great for kids outing but not much for fishing sometimes . Your creating a memory ...take lots of pictures .
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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #2 on: Oct 19, 2016, 05:00 PM »
I can't wait to take my son ice fishing but a lot of people have told me he's to young. He is 2 1/2 years old. What does everyone think is a good age to take a kid ice fishing?

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #3 on: Oct 19, 2016, 05:53 PM »
Funny you should ask.....

My Dad took me when I was 2 - 3, something like that. Of course he told me to watch where I was walking and (of course) I stepped into a weathered hole slipping in up to my (then) tiny waist.

He hauled me out and we went the two blocks to his folks house, got me dried off and wrapped in an old wool afghan to warm up. To this day I love wool (especially wet) and the smell of it. Heck, if they made 100% wool jockey shorts I'd wear 'em. He never took me ice fishing again. I digress.....

I started taking my son about 4 years old. Did everything. Eventually had some discussions on helping with the stuff. He was (and still is) great! Probably the best helper in our deer camp 'cept for me. Now, I've created a "monster" (the good kind) and he has his own kids. Guess what? Along they come, it's lots of work on the front but when you get to the part where they're old enough to pull their own and if you've done it right you will be rewarded.

At least I have been.

So, short answer: Take them when you can. Make it fun for them. Be willing to sacrifice your agenda to build a companion for the future. and never forget - it's all good.
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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #4 on: Oct 19, 2016, 06:53 PM »
pick your days when it is relatively warm so he is not miserable.  if there is some snow on the ice and you can make a small snow man about his height and let him tackle it.

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #5 on: Oct 19, 2016, 07:11 PM »
He is not to young to fish at all .. bring him but I suggest bring mom cause keeping a eye on a young kid is hard when setting tip ups or even around lanterns heaters etc.. but don't pawn the kids off on mom the whole time .. you got to remember its give and take you got to give some to get some.. so next time she wants to do some thing remember to help her out. That way you get a little  fishing time in to with the young one.. just rembe don't make them stay if they get cold and find fun stuff to do snow angels to snow forts and coloring snow forts with food coloring and water in a water bottle with a squeeze top.  Just remember not to color the snow to mark area were you fish if it is public.. soup and hot coco for treats is aways good to keep people and kids warm..  I would start him young just like we  all have been..  always make it s family event when their young and want to fish cause mommy is away a big help when you want free time to do a little fishing.. for ten minutes  here ten minutes there .. they maybe saying that cause young kid of 2 years old are a hand full..  don't let it get in your way  cause you could always help your wife out when she wants time away to so remember that she helped so you got to help her when it is her turn!

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #6 on: Oct 19, 2016, 07:48 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.

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #7 on: Oct 20, 2016, 01:13 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.
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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #8 on: Oct 20, 2016, 02:20 PM »
thanks for all the replies! I'm looking forward for taking my family out on the ice this winter and having a good time and hopefully catch some fish!

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #9 on: Oct 20, 2016, 02:24 PM »
just remember to watch him like a hawk and remember, when you bring little kids out fishing or anyting like that, it's all about the kids. When I take my little ones I expect to not get any fishing done, I just make sure it's fun for them. That's what makes it fun for me. Catching fish is great but not if all they want to do is go home.

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #10 on: Oct 20, 2016, 06:10 PM »
A bit more of advise.. Like I was saying try to do it on a warmer day with the family that way all you got to do is carry buckets to sit on and whats in them plus auger and young one in other arm.. if planning on using a hub shanty might want to re consider??  cause about being cold and take down time .. if you do bring a hub shanty bring the wife and give her the keys to start off to the truck and get the heat going for the little one frozen toes are not good for kids thats why go on a warmer day if alone and just bring buckets so you don't have to carry much. Out or take down once cold.. also pfd are a great idea so is the coco like said earlier that and some fun stuff to do.. only plan for maybe hour or two max if you go with out the shelter on a warmer day.. and always ask if the young ones getting cold..  might save him from hating the experience..

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #11 on: Oct 23, 2016, 12:02 PM »
All good tips above. Just watch out for the little one and large auger holes. When my daughters were that age. They always seemed to find them. :o. It will be fine and have fun.
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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #12 on: Oct 23, 2016, 02:10 PM »
Short trips ...lots of snacks ...let him play with the minnows in the bucket ...check his pockets before going in...let him see you land a fish on a tip up ...bring a kite ...anything to keep him out as long as you can and he can tolerate the weather or boredom ...get that young'n out in nature . PS don't expect to catch a lot of fish ..expect to go home earlier then expected ...pick your day ...bluebird days are great for kids outing but not much for fishing sometimes . Your creating a memory ...take lots of pictures .

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #13 on: Oct 30, 2016, 03:57 PM »
I started taking my Son ice fishing when he was 4.  I think it's important to keep them comfortable at that age so we didn't go if it was extremely cold.  At that age, I usually set up a shanty with a heater to keep him comfortable.  We went for panfish in a place where we were likely to get plenty of bites....we went for quantity over quality of fish.  We didn't get many big ones but catching them in numbers kept him interested since they have short attention spans at that age.  As stated previously, we brought plenty of snacks.  I also let him run out and show the other fishermen in the area his "monster bluegill" which was likely only 6 or 7 inches.  They were all good sports and he thought he was the world's greatest fisherman when he showed them.  I also brought a cell phone so he could call his Grandfather and let him know every time he caught one - they both loved it.  Keeping him comfortable, his mind occupied, and lots of encouragement helped mold him into a lifelong fishing buddy.  We've taken many ice and open water trips since then.  I'm glad I made the effort to get him interested when he was so young. 
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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #14 on: Oct 30, 2016, 04:21 PM »
I think someone starting at any age, the most important thing is to have fun (which includes being safe and comfortable)...




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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #15 on: Nov 01, 2016, 12:41 PM »
We have a farm pond so I have  bit of an unfair advantage on this as I have placed structure in it particularly to fish over with my kids. But what I have done with my girls who last winter were 6 and 2 is we play in the snow awhile or go sledding on the back side of the pond. When they are tired of climbing the hill I will cut a couple of holes and we will fish for half an hour. Then go back to sledding, then back to fishing. I never force them to sit there longer than they want to. Have a couple of extra pairs of gloves as their gloves will get wet. I never bring my fishing poles. It is all about them experiencing it. Last year my youngest was 2 and she had a blast.  She actually out fished her older sister this summer.  The only difficult thing was trying to get her to realize we had to wait for the fish. She would real one up and say "do it again Dad... do it again".  My oldest liked it so much we made her valentine box for school an ice fishing themed box.  My most exciting outings last year were with my kids.

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #16 on: Nov 01, 2016, 06:00 PM »
lots of guys already know the secret - bring other things for them to do. :)

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #17 on: Nov 03, 2016, 05:04 AM »
I am planning on bringing my 1 year old son out this winter. i figured double of what I'm using because he wants to copy everything i do or have. i am spending more on his gear this year then mine just to make sure he is warm and comfy. Cant wait too get out there and jig up some fish!

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #18 on: Nov 03, 2016, 06:20 AM »
for a 1 yr old, make sure you bring some kind of waterproof, thermal mat for them to hang out on. A few of those foam puzzle type play mats would be just the ticket. And watch him like a hawk around holes...

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Re: Whats a good age to take you kid ice fishing?
« Reply #19 on: Nov 03, 2016, 06:49 AM »
Short trips ...lots of snacks ...let him play with the minnows in the bucket ...check his pockets before going in...let him see you land a fish on a tip up ...bring a kite ...anything to keep him out as long as you can and he can tolerate the weather or boredom ...get that young'n out in nature . PS don't expect to catch a lot of fish ..expect to go home earlier then expected ...pick your day ...bluebird days are great for kids outing but not much for fishing sometimes . Your creating a memory ...take lots of pictures .

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