Every time i go to ice fishing discussion forums, i see this question pop up – is it possible to go ice fishing in spring or even summer? The reasons for going ice fishing in warm season can vary from wanting to spend birthday doing what you love, to missing it so much that you can’t wait until late autumn.
Unfortunately, if you live in mainland US, going ice fishing in summer or spring is almost impossible. If it’s early spring, you might find something in northern states like Minnesota and Washington, but if you don’t live there, you’re out of luck. Naturally, frozen lakes are even scarcer in summer. Solution to this is simple, but rather expensive – just fly up north to northern Canada and Alaska. Frozen lakes in these two places tend to hold out for much longer, some of the lakes never even melt. Although i don’t see why recreational ice fishing enthusiast would go through so much trouble just to go ice fishing. In my opinion, it’s definitely easier to just wait out the summer and go ice fishing in the winter.
Getting to good spots in northern Canada can be rather hard, because it’s not densely populated so international airports are rather scarce. Which, probably means that you will be better off by going to nearest big city and renting car afterwards, but that’s associated with too much costs. Simply put, unless you’re willing to spend thousands for single trip to northern Canada, that option is simply not viable, due to the reasons i’ve mentioned above.
Going to Alaska, on the other hand, won’t cost you that much, especially if you’ll be flying from northwestern states. It shouldn’t be hard to find good lakes near populated cities, either. Equipment will probably be too heavy to take with you, so i recommend renting it once you arrive. This one’s pricey option as well, but not nearly as pricey as the other.
When ice fishing in warm weather, your first instinct will probably be to not wear necessary ice fishing equipment. It’s true, you won’t need to protect yourself from harsh cold weather in relatively warm spring weather, but i still recommend getting warm ice fishing boots to wear.
To sum it up, unless you’re okay with paying heavy premium for this luxury, ice fishing in summer or late spring isn’t worth the trouble. If you’re itching for experience, you can always try fishing on lake that isn’t frozen. There are plenty of good spots all around the country.