Written by: Leah Szucki
Getting sick of winter? Sick of being stuck inside? Want to try something new?
Adventure Ice Fishing is a family run business that will provide you everything you need to get outside and try your luck on the diverse fishing waters of Gull Lake! They will set you up with everything you need to catch your own fish and the best part yet – you can even spend the night. Kids, dog, grandparents welcome!
At first, I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about sleeping in a shack on the middle of a lake, in the dead of winter, on plywood bunk beds. But a few minutes after arrival we already had a fish on and our excitement levels increased dramatically! As the shack comes with pre-drilled holes in the bottom of the floor, equipped with an underwater camera to increase your chances and add to the thrill, we easily settled in.
The amazing Oggi socks on the right are in this winters Explorer Box from @explorermagazine
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When arriving at the location, we texted the owners, Jared & Trina, who greeted us at our shack for the night. They showed us how everything worked and gave us a couple quick tips to start fishing.
*** Shacks are located about 900m off shore. If ice is not driveable, there is a quad that will shuttle your stuff back and forth to your car on shore.
Each cabin is fully stocked with
- Plastic and metal utensils
- Plastic and glass dishes
- Pots and pans
- Baking sheets
- Large mixing bowls
- Cooking Utensils
- Salt and Pepper, Garlic
- Dish soap/bucket/gloves/towels
- Paper Towel
- Wine cork/mini shot glasses
- Inverter to charge phones
- Propane heaters
- Large jug of water
- Hand Sanitizer
- Cards/Crib Board
- Memory Foam mattress (surprisingly comfortable)
- Communal outhouse
They literally thought of everything! The only thing you really need to bring is
If you are a first time fishing family – not to worry. This is actually an excellent opportunity for you to try your luck. With the experienced owners to help you get started, you do not need to bring or own any fishing related gear other than a valid Alberta fishing license to enjoy this adventure.
Each shack is equipped with
- Fishing rods (3-4)
- Bait (minnows/maggots)
- Tackle box (mostly jig heads)
- Ice pick
- Underwater camera (the best part)
- Ice scoop
- 10 pre-drilled holes (inside and out)
For more videos of the underwater camera check out my Instagram highlights – under “collaborations” you won’t be disappointed!!! @leahtylerszucki
Sunset to sunrise if you don’t catch – the experience of sleeping on a lake, all tucked in by a warm wood burning stove is an experience in its self. These cabins have been used for family fun, quick getaways, birthday parties and even bachelor(ette) parties!
As you can probably tell this experience completely exceeded my expectations. From the hospitality of the Littlejohn family to the fully equipped shack, and more importantly the wild experience of actually watching the fish attack your line!! I would 100% recommend this to anyone who wants to get outside and enjoy themselves this winter!
Thank you Littlejohn family!
Location: Gull Lake, Alberta Canada
Aspen Beach Provincial Park