If you're anything like me, you love the outdoors and do not like being cooped up inside, despite the weather.

My first ice fishing experience was the worst it could possibly be. High winds, freezing temps and some horrible second hand equipment. I'm not quite sure why I ever continued to do it! Actually, I do. It was to get outdoors and go fishing!

Even thought the air temps are favorable for making ice, the water temps may be a little higher, making new ice a little slow. Make sure to follow some basic safety tips before going out. Here is a great link to some info that every ice angler should know. And remember, never hit the ice alone!

Ice Safety Tips: "How To Survive A Fall Through The Ice"