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Best Ice Fishing Reels

Updated November 2018
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  • 1 Experts Interviewed
  • 309 Consumers Consulted
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    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

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    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    Ice fishing reels have a lot of the same features as standard fishing reels. However, they give you a few extra design options that allow them to excel in harsh conditions. Start by seeking a fishing reel with hard materials to stand up to the cold temperatures. Ice fishing reels need to have an ultra-sensitive type of response. Fish tend to bite less aggressively in cold water. Your fingers will be colder and stiffer too, so you may not feel the light bite as easily. The extra sensitivity of the ice fishing reel helps in these conditions. Many people use a spinning type of reel for ice fishing. The spinning reel makes it easier to adjust the drag on the reel. Some people will choose an inline reel for ice fishing, especially when fishing in low temperatures. The inline reel doesn’t freeze up as easily.

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      Karen
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      Melinda
      Web Producer

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