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Renting Ice Fishing Houses

If you are trying out a new lake or are not a frequent winter angler an ideal way to save a bit of money and still stay comfortable out on the ice is by renting one of the many different styles of ice fishing houses. Ice fishing houses are permanent shelters on the ice, and are not designed to be moved frequently like ice fishing shelters.

When considering a day or two out on the lake, check with local fishing stores or bait shops and find out if there are rental ice fishing houses. Some rental companies will have the houses already on the lake and they are available for rental for the full season, or just for a weekend or day while the season is open. The advantage of ice fishing houses over shelters is that they are usually larger, easier to heat and maintain, and have all the comforts of home. Ice fishing houses may have sleeping areas, stoves and heaters, windows and even tables for your comfort and convenience.

In renting ice fishing houses there are some questions that should be asked and some information that you should have. Some of the basic considerations include:

• A written contract agreement that includes topics such as cancellation policies, insurance on the building if required, damage issues, safety information and exact costs of the rental for the time period. If the house is being rented for the season, what is the season defined as in the agreement?

• Be sure to complete an inspection of the ice fishing house with the owner, including recording and structural or cosmetic damage that you note before renting the structure. This would include any items that are damaged, broken or missing.

• Clearly understand who is responsible for getting the ice fishing houses on or off the lake, and if there are any restrictions on where they can be located. The owner is usually someone that knows the lake, so they can often make recommendations as to where the best options for fishing are.

• Discuss any issues with regards to locking up, ice fishing houses and security, and who has access to the house. If you are renting for a full season this is more important than a day or weekend rental.

Finally when renting ice fishing houses it is a great idea to do a bit of research. Be sure to read the reviews from other anglers and ask around for the best possible rental company before deciding on ice fishing houses.

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