DIY Ice Fishing Shacks

DIY Ice Fishing Shacks
It is important to keep your senses keen while ice fishing and staying warm will help you stay alert. Build an ice-fishing shack to store your supplies and provide a warm environment to fish from. The supplies required to build an ice-fishing shack can be found at a local hardware store and are more cost-effective than buying a manufactured ice-fishing shelter.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • 2 sheets of plywood, 7 feet by 4 feet and 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 sheet of plywood, 8 feet by 4 feet and 1/2 inch thick
  • 3 fence posts, 7 feet 6 inches tall
  • 4 boards, 2 inches by 4 inches and 7 feet 10 inches long
  • 4 boards, 2 inches by 4 inches and 7 feet 10-inches long
  • 4 boards, 2 inches by 2 inches and 4 feet long
  • 4 boards, 2 inches by 2 inches and 7 feet long
  • 2 boards, 2 inches by 4 inches and 4 feet long
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Staple gun
  • Saw
  • Pencil
  • Heavy tarp or canvas sheet
Step 1
Form a rectangle with two each of the 7-foot boards and the 2-by-2 boards that are 4 feet tall. Attach the boards using the hammer and nails. Repeat this step to create an identical rectangle.
Step 2
Align the two rectangles so they are parallel to each other; stand them up with the 4-foot boards as the base.
Step 3
Connect the rectangles with a 2-by-4 board at each corner to form a large, three-dimensional rectangle frame.
Step 4
Draw the desired shape of the door onto one of the quarter-inch plywood sheets; cut the shape out with the saw.
Step 5
Trim one-fifth of an inch from around the door to allow it to swing when attached to the shack.
Step 6
Fasten the rest of the quarter-inch plywood used for the door to one of the 7-foot boards to make the face of the frame. Attach the door back to the plywood sheet with the hinges and screws.
Step 7
Attach the second quarter-inch plywood sheet to the opposite end of the frame.
Step 8
Cut the 4-foot long, 2-by-4 boards so they fit snugly between the 7-foot-10-inch-long boards that comprise the bottom of the frame of the shack. Position 4-foot long, 2-by-4 boards so they are two feet away from either end of the frame; secure them into place with nails. These boards provide support for the floorboard.
Step 9
Place the half-inch-thick sheet of plywood over the bottom of the frame to create the floor. Cut a hole, at least 10 inches in diameter, into the floor to allow fishing from inside the shack.
Step 10
Stand the fence posts vertically and place them equidistant apart from each other, forming a line lengthwise through the shack.
Step 11
Staple the canvas to the bottom of the frame along the outside of one side of the shack. Stretch the sheet up and over the frame and the fence posts and staple the other side to the bottom of the frame on the outside of the other side of the shack. Make sure the sheet is taut as you stretch it. Staple the canvas into place along the top of the frame and the top of the fence posts. The canvas forms the walls and a slanted roof of your shack.

Tips & Warnings

Use a propane stove inside the shack to keep warm; however, be sure to keep the stove away from the canvas walls.
Install a cover over the fishing hole in the floor to keep from tripping or falling into the water.

Article Written By Jacob Hendriks

Jacob Hendriks' work has appeared in "The Western Front," "The Planet Magazine" and He graduated from Western Washington University with a major in international business management and a minor in Community Health. Hendriks' passion for sports nutrition and fitness, combined with experience as a personal trainer, has led him to pursue health-oriented journalism.

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