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Waders for ice fishing?
Does anyone have experience using chest waders for fishing lakes this time of year? I want to get on the ice at some lakes that have melted edges and even with a plank you can get in over the top of your regular boots. I don't have the waterfowl-hunting type, just the fly-fishing with separate boots. Any thoughts? Would I freeze my feet off?

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Re: [catchinon] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
I don't ice fish a lot but when I go I wear my lightweight breathable waders. I wear a pair of thermals and then some fleece pants and my heat holder socks and I'm good for the day.
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Re: [gofish435] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
Ah, heat holder socks, gotta get a pair of those. Thanks for the info.

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Re: [catchinon] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
This question comes up every year early or late season and I have to say the thought really scares me unless you're also wearing a PFD. Imagine going in over your head with waders on in freezing cold water and then trying to get out with waders full of that water. Hip waders or a pair of muck boots might be a different story but chest waders just seem like a bad idea.
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Re: [Jedidiah] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
Personally not worth the risk. Body weight + at least 40# water weight. Don’t know if the PFD would even help.
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Re: [ice_sled] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
Yeah, I thought about that and it's good that you and Jedidiah have helped me make up my mind. Maybe I'll get some thigh-high irrigating boots since I could use them out in the pasture this summer anyway. Might even help when I'm launching my boat Tongue.

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I guess I shouldn't do that any more.Unsure

Good advice!
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Every time I hit the ice, I'm in waders. Slush and snow don't bother me at all. If I go in over the top of the bib, I'm still not terribly worried, as I'll have to get pretty horizontal to get out anyway. Most of that water will pour out and - It weighs nothing while in the water.

Not having wet feet is a huge advantage of waders. If you're fishing ice that's thick enough not to worry about, then you're set.




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Re: [catchinon] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
Also if you waders have the belt keep it snug and it will help keep most of the water out.

A PDF works fine till you are getting out. Then if the waders are dragging you back in just undo the straps and let them down to get the water out.
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Re: [Jedidiah] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
I second a bad idea for safety reasons.
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Re: [catchinon] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
Just use your waders to get on the Ice then swap em out for your regular ice fishing boots when on if your worried about going in while in waders.

If your going to just use waders and are worried about cold toes use foot and toe warmers. When I'm gonna be ice fishing or goose hunting in really cold weather I'll put a foot warmer on the bottom of my socks and a toe warmer on the topside of my toes. My feet are sandwiched in cozy warmth all day.
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Re: [LOAH] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
Exactly, waders aren’t going to be an issue as your remaining pretty horizontal getting out. Plus with chest waders it is hard to really get that much water in from a fall through ice or any fall for that matter. And the last thing you want to do once you pull yourself out with or without waders is stand up near the edge you just went through. You should roll far away from the opening in the ice before even considering getting up on your feet. Waders will decrease risk of hypothermia and drowning in this scenario. However even more important is staying calm and already having a plan how you’ll get out and minimize risk of going back through the ice in the process.
So yes wear the waders if you like and ignore the waders will drown you myth.
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I will wear waders on the ice as well when there is slush. It is indeed a myth that you will sink to the bottom if your waders get water in them. (it is a neutral buoyancy state) If you wear a wading belt or use neoprenes with a belt, then it is hard to fill them with water anyway. I could see where they may present a little more weight to move in getting out of falling in, but it would only be a small part of the equation.

Sadly, I do have firsthand experience of falling through ice in waders. Yes, waders are neutral buoyancy. I wasn't ice fishing though, I was duck hunting.





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Re: [catchinon] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
Most have fished,hunted,kickboated in winter.I doubt late season melting ice fishing is colder than that, or bring a old aluminum ladder or a good plank so you dont need waders.Then drill a hole,but be careful it would really be ironic if the ice safety guy went down late season,not listening to his own advice.
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Re: [doggonefishin] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
Good to hear it explained so well, you guys might convince me to wear my waders some time. Sorry about the worry wart-ing.
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Re: [fishroof] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
Lol, I love irony as long as nobody gets hurt.

I know that you have fished Deer Creek somewhat this year. Do you happen to know what the ice conditions are? Any advice on how to fish it? I'm especially after browns. Thanks in advance.

I've used an aluminum ladder before. Does anyone have a viewpoint on using one versus a plank?

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I have an older pair of neoprene waders and I wore them all 3 times I was on the ice (also wore a PFD). I wore them because they provided good insulation. They are tight enough that not much water could get in. (I didn't the day we fished off the dock)

However, if I thought the chances of going through on the edge were high, I might stay home, just on general principles.
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I wear my duck waders all the time, I also dont go out if I think I'll drop in.
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I agree with all of the points expressed so far favoring wearing waders ice fishing including the aspects that safety isn't greatly hindered for anyone who has fitness. I have used waders on many of my first few ice fishing seasons before I got really nice Gore-Tex ice fishing and hunting bibs and suits which I now favor for slush because I stay dry from perspiration and I can make many adjustments of layering or zip them open to get some cool air for when I'm running around auguring a lot of holes by muscle powered Nils auger. Both choices keep my legs dry when I kneel in the wet slush, but I strongly favor the breathable. I even wear the non-wader hunting or ice fishing breathable bibs or suits even when the ice is questionable on a leg going through which happened a few times with not enough water getting in to even bother me with a clothing change of which I always carry extra clothing and extra boots yet never needed to use them (it's a preparedness thing and I often invite friends, so it is to be able to help make friends new to ice fishing comfortable to enjoy the experience). My current favorite choices are bibs with full length leg zippers for selectively ventilating combined with goose down vests with snap closures which I selectively add and remove layers to keep body heat right. While sitting and fishing, the lower activity means needing more insulation and while being athletic, I remove a lot of layers. But, if I were to ice fish when the ice has soft edges or needs a plank, I would be fine with selecting waders for that day.

I'm a strong advocate of waders for much more than fishing. I've practically lived in breathable waders while camping on days of rain and mud. The mud just washes off by walking through the stream and I stay warm and dry.

(Asking a favor:) My favorite waders for that are breathable stocking foot fly-fishing type in camouflage and had I known I would never find that combination again, I would have stocked up. I can't find the same in camouflage and those in camouflage have very heavy boots attached. The advantage of my favorite is they roll up small and lightweight and fit in a pocket of my backpack for if it turns rainy and muddy. I also like them in the snow for hunting. If anyone has seen waders like that, then please tell me where I can buy them. So far, I only find them in solid colors.

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(This post was edited by RonPaulFan on Mar 5, 2019, 5:13 PM)
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Re: [catchinon] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
i havent been to deer creek lately.If you go to echo on a rainy day you will catch a brown any where towards coalville from the boat ramp.The ice is still very thick once you get on.
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The scariest experience I ever had ice fishing was partly due to the use of chest waders.

I was out on Pineview in the narrows. I had gotten on with little effort, just a short jump. Getting off the edge was quite a bit softer & I broke through. I was only a few feet out and my feet hit bottom about knee or thigh deep in water, but it is very steep in the narrows. I began to slip downhill in the slippery mud. I trudged & clawed my way up only to slip back down again. When the water got over my waders they filled up quickly weighing me down & there was no getting horizontal to drain out against the slope of the bank. It took several minutes clawing my way up / slipping back down the snowy muddy slope to get out of the water to good footing. I still remember how painful the cramping in my feet from the cold was. My fingertips getting shredded on rocks & ice wasn't too great either.

Looking back I suppose I could have turned around and grabbed the ice sheet instead of the shore and got horizontal to "drain out", but when you are trying not to slip under the ice and you are shocked by the cold water you are not at 100% function mentally or bodily. I was only 18 or so at the time and hadn't given nearly enough serious thought to "what would I do".

I had found waders (neoprene) extremely useful prior to that for staying dry & keeping warm on the ice. Certainly would not tell anyone not to use them, but do keep this particular situation in mind. Slopes, slushy edges & waders do not work well together.


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Re: [RonPaulFan] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
Simms makes a camo stocking foot wader. These are high quality but run about $500-$600. G3 guide model. There is also a Waterfowl Wading Systems Max-5 Neoprene Stockingfoot Wader that are not good quality and run about $80 on Amazon.
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Thanks, BearLakeFishGuy!

The breathable camouflage stocking foot waders I have from about twenty years ago were about $100 then. I've never owned the very expensive Simms. I'm not opposed to spending a lot, but only IF there is something I'm missing. Could they be that much better? My inexpensive ones still work fine after all these years. My only reason for wanting more is to have one in each of my backpacks for preparedness. It might be because it's inexpensive that it is so lightweight, but to me that is an advantage because it's light enough to carry in my backpack even for times it's unlikely to be used yet there just in case for the many situations where it is an ideal solution.

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Who here is a surf fisherman? That's my next big vacation. I've already purchased top equipment for surf fishing. I'm looking to hire a guide or go with someone experienced.

Date proposal to single young BFT fisherladies with courage enough to put a worm on a hook: Tuesday, October 15: Movies with Dinner and Luxury seats at the Jordan Commons in Sandy. I can pick you up or meet you there.
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Make sure to use at least common 3.5mm neoprene waders. I use a cheap caddis 3.5 mm neoprene with separate wading shoes from cabbalas. Wade right in and climb out onto ice. I've had that wader freeze solid hard and I was still warm inside lol. Spent a lot of time fishing in chest deep water in midwinter in the past lol. Had to use pliers to undo the knot on laces many times. I sat in warm springs but in true icy water I use 5mm neoprenes. Don't use the breathable waders, you will freeze to death.
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Re: [Brighamfish] Waders for ice fishing? In reply to
For sure a good lesson on that one. No wading on a slope ,open water or iced up. Those narrows there slant straight down. One step and you are in over your head. Mantua no problem. Shore is mostly flat.