Do I need my own equipment?
No, you don't. At some sites, all equipment is provided with the rental of a cabin, including tip-ups - those little poles used specifically for winter fishing - and baits. It's also possible to use your own equipment if you're superstitious. Since they vary from one place to another, it's important to check weather conditions before booking or traveling.
Is it a safe activity?
At organized sites, the thickness of the ice is carefully monitored and activities are halted as soon as any danger arises. To practice ice fishing independently, one must always be vigilant. It's better to be overly cautious than not enough. Unfortunately, climate change is making the seasons shorter, as observed in recent years.
What's the point of spending hours waiting over a hole in the ice?
It's a perfect activity to break away from the ordinary and slow down the pace. Spending long hours in a small heated cabin in the middle of nowhere is called quality time. Accessible, ice fishing allows everyone to enjoy winter, regardless of age or physical condition. And you can't measure the satisfaction of pulling a fish out of the water until you've experienced it yourself. (Those who know, know.)