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Re: [SBennett] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
Hey Shane,
Can I borrow your rig for this weekend at Cascade? The snow is getting scary deep. It might be quite a workout for my Skidoo Summit 800. I promise I'll wash and dry it when I get back.
If you're going to Cascade this weekend, never mind. Just give me a tow if I get stuck.

Mike


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(This post was edited by TopH2O on Feb 11, 2019, 7:28 PM)
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Re: [kentofnsl] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
I am almost 60 and i have always ice fished very light, only a 5 gallon bucket to carry my gear and to sit on,a 4 inch hand auger,2 rods.I bought a propane auger,panoptix finder,tent,hand pull sled this year and i thought about buying a ATV.I decided to sell all my new gear except the finder and go back to basics.I have never even put up the tent,i have fished pineview at night for well over 30 years without a tent,i used to catch trout and crappie at night and i was alone.I bought a milwaukee heated vest put skis on a very small sled to pull,am going to ditch the bucket and carry a fiolding chair..I never go to the gym or excersise and my resting heartbeat is mid 50s from packing my gear ice fishing.I google earth how far i am going to go and on most lakes its not that far maybe 1 mile one way.Ice fishing is my gym i ice fish 5 days a week mostly alone.
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Re: [fishroof] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
I'm impressed.


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Re: [wiperhunter2] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
i have a 97 700 rmk with a 136x2x15 track and it may bog a little in the slush but with the 700 you have plenty of throttle even with 2 people on it its pretty hard to get stuck of ice . i 've have powder rolling over the top of the hood as long as you keep the throttle open your good . i really think a sled is your best bet all things considered.
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Re: [kentofnsl] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
thanks, to each there own.I catch too many fish already and can fish anywhere i need in my boat.I fished echo about 30 days already including 3 straight days in the middle on 2 inches of ice,it was as good as any perch lake anywhere.I caught alot of crappies at pineview those guys in sleds have no advantage,a great thing i got was a drill adapter for my auger so i can run and gun,that propane auger weighed about 30 lbs.I fished with jey mouth at deer creek he has a nice setup like a 1 man clam he pulls and he is older than me and he catches plenty of fish.He is a stud.last week i pulled a sled from the boat docks all the way across to the track side then back to charlton side of the island.The guy i fish with for 30 years is 78 and catches plenty of fish and still hoofs it with no tent.I hope to get 6 more weeks of ice fishing this year.lol
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Re: [fishroof] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
I get around just fine walking too. I don't enjoy hiking in lots of slush and deep snow is less than ideal. I also get away from the crowds and don't hesitate to hike a mile (one way) if the conditions are favorable.


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Re: [SBennett] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
Well. I'm on search and rescue and we have both tracked side by side one guy has a 4 wheeler with tracks and we ask him to leave it home. The tracked wheelers and side by sides are great for parking lot stuff like getting sandwiches or running water around but they only go about 10 % of the places we take our sleds to they are heavy and can't manuevar them very well up hill or side hill or down hill or in slush or snow over 2 feet deep. They are slow heavy cost to much and some one has to pit the track kits on every year they do work great for pulling out hot sled on a packed down trail spent to many hours digging out tracked units
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Re: [L-D-R] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
Can you recommend any sleds that will haul a passenger and handle the slush?


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Re: [wiperhunter2] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
wiperhunter2 wrote:

Looks like the snow dog can haul three people:
https://snowdog.com/
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Yes, if one just wants to transport three passengers, without all of their gear, and in ideal conditions. That said, one would still be nice to own.


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Re: [L-D-R] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
Maybe I did not explain my position as well as I should have,sorry.
I know a snowmobile will not do what a tracked machine can do, just the same as a tracked machine is incapable of doing what a snowmobile can do. They both fill a very defined niche.
I own both, but my smile and giggle factor is much higher on my tracked machine is all.
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Re: [TopH2O] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
Hi Mike,
I'm jealous of your Cascade trip.
I would have also been there but need 1 more week of healing from my surgery before I start ice fishing again.
My machine is currently loaded and ready for my first trip of the year to Fishlake for the tourney next week,IF there are not big winds forecast.
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Re: [SBennett] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
Shane,
You know I was just kidding (half way anyway) about using your tracked rig. I was contacted yesterday by a mutual friend and he told me they have postponed their Cascade trip for a few weeks due to the deep snow and iffy weather.
I am committed to this weekend because of other things going on now. I'm just hoping we will be able to get around on the lake with my Skidoo. I'm planning to haul at least one guy out to where we will be fishing. My brother had planned to use his ATV but that now seems impossible due to the snow depth.

Good luck at Fish Lake and say Hi to my friends and former co-workers down there.

Mike


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Re: [TopH2O] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
I knew you were kidding.
Growing up my Dad taught me "never borrow anything with a motor" and I knew you subscribed to the same theory.
I cant wait to hear your report.
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Re: [SBennett] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
I'll be going with the tracked quad setup like SBennett's once I can pull the trigger. I'd love a snowmobile but I want the ability to use it year round so even a slight sacrifice in some winter conditions would be worth it to me.
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Re: [kentofnsl] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
Both K2 and myself did earlier, Crazy


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Re: [TopH2O] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
Looks like we made the right decision when I cancelled my reservation a week ago. I'm going to back off for a few weeks and see what March has to offer, if that doesn't work I will wait until the ice disappears and take the boat up, kinda need to do that anyway.Cool


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Re: [PACKFAN] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
PACKFAN wrote:

Both K2 and myself did earlier, Crazy

I know you did, and I appreciate it from both of you. I just want to know of any other options, if there are any, so that I consider all reasonable opportunities (also, considering what is currently available on KSL for sale).


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Re: [wiperhunter2] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
I sell the snow dog machines and we are the local dealer in Utah. Feel free to post questions and I will be happy to answer them. Also, feel free to shoot me an email travis@backwaterperformance.com or give me a call at the shop 385-695-3811
(This post was edited by travismadden on Feb 12, 2019, 11:14 AM)
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Re: [Dunn13] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
Try to buy a machine that has power steering and a true front locking differential, it will be money well spent.
I went with a Grizzly 700 with power steering that is fuel injected.
I understand a Suzuki King Quad is also an excellent choice.
Not sure about Hondas.
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Re: [kentofnsl] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
Snowmobiles are going to be one of the best options. I have an 07 skidoo summit 800 with 2.5" lugs. bought used for $2500...reliable and more capable than most drivers. couple weeks ago 4 of us used it...me plus 1 rider pulling 3 sleds...100mph round trips can shuffle friends pretty fast....lol..jk...but they can certainly do it.



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Re: [SBennett] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
I also run a Suzuki king quad and Kawasaki Terra X4, all have their pros and cons.


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Re: [kentofnsl] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
In the for what it's worth department...I am not a snowmobiler but I bought one for ice fishing. I have ATV's and considered putting tracks on one. The draw backs were low top speed (runs back and forth to the car and the marina are best done quickly to save fishing time) and the wear and tear on my machine. Tracks do put more stress on the transmission and engine. I bought a 2007 SkiDoo Summit 800 with 2.5 inch paddles and a 159 inch track for $2,500. The big paddles and the long track make all the difference in the slush and deep snow. Three weeks ago at Strawberry there was 6 inches of slush under 18 inches of snow. I took two people and a full pull sled 2.5 miles from the marina and never got close to being stuck. It would bog down in the really deep stuff but kept going. I think the longer track is a must as is reverse unless you have a RORO trailer. The one thing I would like would be electric start but so far that hasn't been a problem and I'm 61. So my recommendation would be a higher power sled 600 plus, reverse, 155 inch track minimum, 2 inch paddles minimum, and electric start if you can find it. It has worked well for me and have never been stuck.
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Re: [Fisharefriends] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
For anyone thinking about it I installed my electric start. It's easy and doesnt cost much if a guy is willing to do it themselves. Most modern sleds are pre-wired already.



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Re: [travismadden] Snowmobile vs ATV with tracks for ice fishing? In reply to
Great, have you ever used one in deep slush, say 5" or more, if so how do they handle it?


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