We usually wait for February before trying our luck at ice fishing. The fish seem to be more lively and the ice has had a chance to “grow” in thickness. Last year we bought an Eskimo Fat Fish 6 person insulated portable bob house to stay warm in while out on the ice. It has the pop up floor squares to cover your holes that you drilled, and it also has windows. When folded back up, it can be easily pulled on a long plastic sled.