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 ice shanty for a quiet solo trip or a nine-person shelter 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.
There are three main styles of ice fishing shelters available at Field & Stream: flip, hub and cabin.
- Flip: 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 ice fishing shelters 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.
- 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.
You’ll want to consider 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.
Look for a water-resistant ice shelter to keep condensation from building up inside.
If you like to drill multiple holes and use tip-ups, make sure your ice shelter has enough windows to let you keep an eye on the action outside—consider removable windows for added ventilation when needed.