Author Topic: Snowmobile for ice fishing only - what to buy?  (Read 4035 times)

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Re: Snowmobile for ice fishing only - what to buy?
« Reply #30 on: Dec 05, 2018, 12:57 PM »
IMO the two biggest factors in choosing a snowsled for icefishing are track length and fan cooled engine. Long tracks tend to get through deep snow and the dreaded slush easier. When there is no snow on the ice non-fan cooled, especially liquid cooled, engines are prone to overheat. Air cooled/fan cooled engines are preferable for that reason.

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Re: Snowmobile for ice fishing only - what to buy?
« Reply #31 on: Dec 05, 2018, 02:42 PM »
You can stud the track that's on it, add $$$

Putting studs on is prob out of my comfort zone.  Anytime I try something like that for the first time there seems to be some trial and error.  In expensive machines and parts trial and error isn't really an option.

Any insight as to what might be the best for bet for fishing and towing gear?  it seems like a lot of the sleds on craigslist are for trail riding.  Most importantly I'm looking for something reliable.  I don't need it to be fast.  I don't want to have to worry about breaking down, getting stuck in snow/slush, but I'm not one to leave any gear at home so I'd like to have plenty of pulling power.
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Re: Snowmobile for ice fishing only - what to buy?
« Reply #32 on: Dec 05, 2018, 03:54 PM »
Long/wide track and reverse are the only way to go when buying a sled.

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Re: Snowmobile for ice fishing only - what to buy?
« Reply #33 on: Dec 06, 2018, 04:13 PM »
I just picked up my new sled which I think is an ideal one for ice fishing.
A 2018 Ski-Doo Tundra LT 550F.
Main options for ice fishing are studs & scratchers.

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Re: Snowmobile for ice fishing only - what to buy?
« Reply #34 on: Dec 06, 2018, 04:41 PM »
I just picked up my new sled which I think is an ideal one for ice fishing.
A 2018 Ski-Doo Tundra LT 550F.
Main options for ice fishing are studs & scratchers.

Nice, great choice.

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Re: Snowmobile for ice fishing only - what to buy?
« Reply #35 on: Dec 07, 2018, 08:48 PM »
I have had a 2001 Polaris Indy for a few years now and picked up a new Arctic Cat Lynx last year. Haven't had it out ice fishing yet but planning a trip soon when the ice thickens up a little bit more.  I have a sled I pull behind it when I am doing a bit of coyote hunting with it.



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Re: Snowmobile for ice fishing only - what to buy?
« Reply #36 on: Dec 07, 2018, 09:57 PM »
buy a snowdog.    3,5000 new no registration needed.  it will fit in a suv    www.snowdog.com

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Re: Snowmobile for ice fishing only - what to buy?
« Reply #37 on: Dec 08, 2018, 04:57 AM »
buy a snowdog.    3,5000 new no registration needed.  it will fit in a suv    www.snowdog.com
That may work in some situations but would almost be useless in others compared to a snowmobile.
I sure wouldn't want to make a 15 mile run on one of those.
If using groomed snowmobile trails to get to your fishing spot many places you will be prohibited from using the trails.
As for "no registration needed" that may vary from place to place.
Can't see it being too good in the slush beds we get on the lakes at times or breaking a trail through 2 feet of fresh snow.

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Re: Snowmobile for ice fishing only - what to buy?
« Reply #38 on: Dec 08, 2018, 07:44 AM »
Wow! Another zombie thread springs to life... 3 years.

Thanks for reminding me on the OP. Haven't talked with him for a while, he's a pretty seasonal guy.
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Re: Snowmobile for ice fishing only - what to buy?
« Reply #39 on: Dec 09, 2018, 09:52 AM »
What's your thoughts on this ? 1992 Indy trail two up with reverse and electric start. Grip and thumb warmers. 1755 miles.
Anyone opinions or experience with this sled?
good sled as i spoke of in earlier posts dead nut reliable , fan cooled and the goodies (reverse and estart ) at a decent price

 



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