favorite ice fishing snacks

Our Favorite Ice Fishing Snacks

To most people, ice fishing conjures an image of a poor, half-frozen, fishing enthusiast stuck on an old bucket in the middle of the lake. However, modern ice fishing has changed with the introduction of ice skid houses. Unlike when living in an ice tent during an ice fishing trip, an ice skid house allows you to fish comfortably on ice.

The two top-rated ice fishing skid house options are the Stryker and Slayer from Ambush Outdoor Products. These units are built without wood, so you do not have to worry about rotting wood due to prolonged exposure to moisture. Moreover, they have a seamless build to prevent water leaks as well. Their lightweight nature means you can easily pull them or change fishing locations.

Now that the ice fishing environment has changed, there is one thing that hasn’t. Snacks. It doesn’t matter if you are tailgating at the game, going or a road trip or playing cards, everyone knows the importance of snacks.  Ice fishing is no different.  You gotta’ bring snacks.  Below is a list of our favorites.


Sandwiches are classic ice fishing snacks. As such, it might seem like there is nothing overly exciting about preparing them during your fishing trip. However, their simplicity makes sandwiches easy snacks when you do not have much time. You could go with the common combinations like peanut butter and jelly, or ham and cheese, or you can customize these by substituting the jelly for honey or throwing in bananas. If you are feeling adventurous, you could try something more exotic like ham, peanut butter, and pickles. No really, it’s delicious!


Soup is one of the heartiest filling snacks you can prepare during your ice fishing trip. You can make a pot of split pea, ham, beef stew, savory chicken noodles, or chili to keep you going and warm during your trip. If you are not intending to prepare these on the ice in your skid house, cook at home, then heat them on the burner in your ice skid house.

Salty Snacks Like Sunflower Seeds or Peanuts

Another thing to keep you occupied between bites, peanuts, or sunflower seeds. These fill your belly and occupy your time between meals. They will prove quite useful on slow fishing days. Another popular option are chips, crackers, or pretzels.  Just make sure you carry out your trash when you are done for the day.

Meat Snacks

Who doesn’t love jerky or a good meat stick?  If you want some meat or a protein punch for your ice fishing trip, venison or beef sticks are your best choices. Here is a recipe for making venison snack sticks though you can substitute the ground venison with ground beef for beef sticks.

With the ice fishing snacks above, your trip is sure to be a hit. You might be too engrossed in your fishing that you forget to take a snack break. Remember to include mealtimes in your fishing schedule because you need the calories to replace those that you lose while fishing.


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