How Do I Build an Ice Fishing Sled?

How Do I Build an Ice Fishing Sled?
Ice fishing is a sport or hobby for the truly dedicated fisherman that doesn't mind fishing in a harsh environment as long as he catches fish. A fishing shack and dressing in warm layers can make the experience a bit more comfortable and help combat the extreme elements. Another helpful item is the ice fishing sled. This contraption helps get your gear out onto the frozen lake so that you don't have to make multiple trips in the frigid cold.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plastic or metal snow sled
  • Power drill
  • 6 feet of rope
  • Deep plastic storage box, cooler or wooden box
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Clips
Step 1
Purchase a children's snow sled. Choose one that is big enough to hold all that you want to bring out on the ice, but not so big that it won't pull easily when loaded.
Step 2
Tie a pull to the sled if it does not have one. Drill two holes on opposite ends of the front of the sled with a power drill, and thread a six-foot rope through both holes. Tie knots in the rope on the other side of the holes so that it cannot come back through.
Step 3
Attach a box to the bottom of the sled. This could be a wooden box with a lid, a deep storage box or a cooler. Drill small holes through the box and sled and place bolts through the holes from the bottom of the sled up through the box. Tighten nuts on the other end to hold the sled and box together. If using a sled that has no ground clearance, put the bolts in any grooves if possible to keep the bolts from dragging the ground.
Step 4
Add attachments that you might find useful. PVC pipe with a cap on one end is a great fishing rod holder and can be attached to the side of the box with nuts, bolts and C clamps.
Step 5
Attach a separate cooler box if you want to take fish home. You can add this in the same way as the gear box, but use wing nuts for easy removal. This way you will be able to clean it out at the end of the trip.
Step 6
Use bolts to attach plastic clips to the inside of the lid to hold items out of the way. Drill holes through the box and slip bolts down from the top of the lid to the inside. Thread the clips on the ends of the bolts on the inside of the lid, and tighten nuts down over the clips to secure them. An example of one type of clip you could use can be found by following the link in the Resources.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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