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Ice fishermen tap mobile phone apps

ICEFORCE offers ice fishing products.
ICEFORCE offers ice fishing products.

FISHING -- The sudden rush of below-freezing temperatures reminds us that ice-fishing season isn't far off.

Time to starting gearing up; make sure the ice auger blades are sharp.

Cold weather is the bane of high-tech gadgets, but some companies are offering interesting stuff, especially geared to portions of the country where anglers cozy up in elaborate shelters and where state rules allow anglers to fish through multiple holes.

  • In Washington, anglers may not Fish with a rod not under your immediate control,
    or leave your gear unattended. Anglers are restricted to one rod unless that angler possesses a two pole endorsement and the lake being fished allows two poles.   Winter-only fishing lakes in the Spokane area (Hog Canyon and Fourth of July) allow two poles for those possessing a two-pole endorsement.  Other lakes do, too, but not all of them. Check the regulations pamphlet for each lake. Those lakes where two poles are not allowed are marked as such with an emblem showing two crossed fishing poles with the word NO above it (all highlighted in yellow).
  • In most of Idaho, there are no restrictions on the number of holes, but an angler can fish with up to five poles or lines at a time, and up to five hooks per line. The fishing setups must be attended.

But check this out, cold-weather techies: Products offered by a company called  ICE FORCE include the MarCum PanCam underwater camera unit, which syncs to anglers’ mobile devices through an app that allows them to monitor multiple holes at once via a live video feed.

Check out the video demonstration:



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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