Wisconsin is famous for its winter sports, and ice fishing is one of the best examples. But what happens when you want to introduce the little ones to this fun activity while still retaining your sanity? The following tips can help:
Be patient. Remember, the goal here is not so much to catch the most fish as to have the most fun.
Pick the right spot. Now is not the time to test out the more challenging fishing areas. You’ll get over the disappointment if you don’t catch anything but your kids will feel the letdown more keenly.
Make the kids part of the entire process. Don’t just put a baited rod in their hand and tell them to wait for a fish. Take them to the bait shop, show them how to slush out the hole and so forth.
Don’t push them too hard. If they get cold, let them take a break inside the car, shack or house.
Have a bathroom plan. You may be able to “hold it,” but there’s no guarantee with little kids! Depending on where you are, this may mean anything from a few extra diapers to an extra bucket. Don’t forget to have something to use as a privacy screen; a small tarp or blanket are good options.
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