Now is the time to do some basic winterizing preparation for your fishing boat.
Freezing temperatures are almost here. In northern regions of the country it’s just about time to put your fishing boat away for the winter and get your ice fishing gear out.
Proper boat winterization may save you some problems when spring rolls around and it’s time to get your boat out again. You know the old saying about “an ounce of prevention…”
Aaron Wiebe from Uncut Angling gives a few quick basics you can and should do right now to winterize your boat.
First, get your boat on an incline and drain the water. Open the drain plug and let it flow. Drain your livewells and motor, too.
Add a little antifreeze to your livewells and bilge area. Fill your gas tank and add a stabilizing agent to it.
Preparing your motor for cold weather storage is more involved than what is shown in this video, and you can find plenty of online sources on winterizing your motor or you can have a professional do it for you.
Thoroughly clean the boat and bring the battery in.
Cover the vessel with at least one boat tarp, making sure that the tarp is tightly tented so that rain or snow doesn’t collect.
Here’s a link from Bass Resource for a more thorough boat winterizing procedure.
Once you’ve got your boat stored, get yourself fired up to get out on the ice for some ice fishing action. Just don’t follow Wiebe’s example…be sure you’ve actually got safe ice!