Learn More About Ice Fishing Shelters
Protect yourself from harsh winter conditions with an ice fishing shelter from Field & Stream. Whether you need an efficient one-person shelter for a quiet solo trip or a six-person party tent for a day of fun on the ice, you’ll find what you need here. Head to your spot in a hub, flip or cabin-style shelter from Clam Outdoors®, Eskimo®, Jawbone® and more.
Plus, get all of the ice fishing gear you need, including rods, reels, augers, and must-have accessories.
The logical place to start when choosing an ice fishing shelter is to consider the style that makes the most sense for your needs. There are three main styles of ice fishing shelters available at Field & Stream: flip, hub and cabin.
- Flip: Flip-style models conveniently serve as both ice fishing sled and shelter. You use the locked-down sled to haul your gear to your spot, then you simply lock the poles into place and flip the shelter over your hole. If you’re the type of ice angler that likes to change spots frequently in search of the action, the flip-style ice fishing shelter may be your best choice. These highly portable models allow for both quick set-up and takedown, giving you the freedom to move swiftly and efficiently. They also offer impressive wind resistance and often include padded seats. The potential drawback of flip-style shelters is their weight—make sure you choose a model that you will be able to transport comfortably.
- Hub: The internal hub-style framework allows for quick, easy set-up and provides ample fishing space, although you may need assistance setting it up in windy conditions. Hub-style shelters must be anchored into the ice, making them difficult to move quickly. If you like to change spots multiple times, the hub-style may not be your best option. But, if you plan to stay in one spot for an extended period of time, the hub is a great option that will provide serious protection in the toughest conditions.
- Cabin: Cabin-style ice shelters are lightweight and dependable, providing the added bonus of flooring. The floor adds extra protection from the ice and will increase the effectiveness of a portable heater, if you bring one along. They are easy to transport to your spot, but it takes a bit of time to set them up and take them down, meaning they may not be ideal if you plan to move from spot to spot.
One other important factor you’ll want to consider is the material. Most portable ice shelters are made from nylon or polyester, and the strength of the materials is typically measured in deniers. The higher the denier-count, the better the material will resist tearing, block wind and protect against frigid temperatures.