When it comes to Michigan Ice Fishing, the past couple of years have been thin.

Especially in lower Michigan where the winters have been so mild, I golfed every month of the year 2012.

A few years ago, my Dad (Tee Teelander) and I went up to Cadillac where we both grew up and we took my Shappell 2000 "pop-up" 2 man ice fishing shanty.

It looks like the one below but I don't know the girl....

Shappell S2000e Ice Shelter

We entered from the state campgrounds located on the "Big Bay" at the western end of Lake Mitchell.

It was windy but we managed to get two holes drilled, placed the shanty over them and then crawled into the shanty to fish and enjoy our time together.

We lasted about 2 minutes as a gust of wind came up and started pushing us across the ice to the north as we sat inside our shanty.

We found out that you can't troll on ice and we should have used stakes to hold us in place - Dad loved to laugh and we had a pretty good laugh that day.

The winds were too high for our gear so we gave up fishing for the day and spent the rest of the afternoon with my grandmother at her warm home on the north side of Cadillac, Michigan.

I wish Dad were around today so we could have more laughs and fun on the Michigan Ice.

Ice fishing is fun and a great way to get to know other fisherman.

Since you are not in a boat and you tend to be closer together since ice fisherman tend to crowd a good hole, we tend to root for each other and try to see what the other fisherman has and is catching.

Below you will find some suggested ice fishing items that you should own before you go out on the hard water.

A friend of mine loves his Clam Trapper, 1-man Ice Shelter.

It cost less than $300 - Frabill has one costing under $200 and a very nice Shappell shanty will cost around $330 but they are low in stock.

I have placed images below for you to look at along with other suggested Ice Fishing gear.

Clam Trapper 1 - man Ice Shelter

Clam Ice Armor Cold Weather Ice Suit

On the ice it is critical to keep your core body warm and this Clam Ice Armor Cold Weather Ice Suit $289 (comes in all sizes) is the best priced suit available. I recently saw this suit at Meijers for $350.

Black Mickey Mouse Boots - New Military Surplus $52 to $62

I own a pair of these boots and my son borrowed them working outside in one of the coldest Michigan winters we ever had 4 years back.

He loved them so much, he bought another pair after returning my pair back to me. I am sure he paid over $100 for his pair.

The second most important thing to keep warm on the ice is your feet and these Mickey Mouse Boots - New Military Surplus

$52 to $62 in many sizes - don't wait as these are selling fast this time of year.

2x Ice Cleat Shoe Boot Tread Grips Traction Crampon Chain Spike Winter Sport Snow with Pouch Carabiner

Next you need to make sure you do not fall on the ice.

Any injury from a fall on the ice can not only ruin your day, but it could threaten your quality of life and life itself if you hit your head on the ice.

Make sure you order a set of these that will fit over your boots.

I don't know why they show them on tennis shoes but the spikes are solid and needed if you are going onto the ice.