Many of our Derby enthusiasts know exactly what to pack and how to dress to have a great day of fishing out in Lac du Bonnet. For those of you who don’t regularly ice fish or attend fishing derbies, here’s a quick guide to help you prepare for the day.

What to Pack:

  • Fishing License
  • Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby Tickets
  • Fishing Rods & Reels (ensure your line is in good shape)
  • Tackle Box
  • Tip-Ups
  • Live Bait, Frozen Bait (minnows and/or grubs), lures
  • Sled to haul your gear
  • Bucket/Chair to sit on
  • Skimmer
  • Rod Holders
  • Fingernail Clipper for cutting line
  • Needlenose Pliers for removing hooks
  • Warm Jacket
  • Ski Pants
  • Hat
  • Gloves/Mittens
  • Warm Socks
  • Boots
  • A Camera to capture the shot of your catch


  • Sonar / Flasher – make sure you get the battery charged up so it’s good to go on Derby Day.
  • Underwater Cameras make for great shots of your ice fishing adventure.

Leave the Auger at home! Our experienced hole drilling team will be on the ice bright and early on March 3, 2018, drilling all the holes for you.

How to Dress Appropriately for the Event

The weather can be unpredictable, especially during the beginning of March. Dress appropriately by laying your clothing that way if it’s cold outside, you’ll stay warm and if it starts to heat up, you can start removing layers. Here are a few tips to help you dress for the Derby.

  • Your first layer should be insulating like fleece, wool or flannel. Your last layer (outside layer) should be windproof and waterproof.
  • Remember to wear a warm wool, fleece or knitted hat and try to avoid cotton because it does not hold heat well, especially when wet.
  • Boots should be insulated, waterproof or rubber boots. If it gets warm out, snow on the ice will begin to melt and it can get slushy out there. At the very least, pack an extra pair of footwear just in case.
  • Wear liner socks plus a pair of thick wool socks to keep your feet nice and toasty.
  • For your hands, a good pair of waterproof gloves will do the trick and keep your hands warm and dry when you reel in your catch.