Stay Out On The Ice With a Hub-Style Fish House
Hub-style fish houses have grown in popularity in the past few years. With more mobility than a permanent shanty but more weather protection than a flip-over, hub shelters are the perfect compromise. L&M Fleet Supply is your go-to source for all of your ice fish house needs, with a variety of top products like the popular Otter XT X-Over Cabin, a 22-square foot enclosure that fits up to three adult males.
Otter vs. Eskimo vs. Clam Fish House: Which is Best?
Three popular brands of ice fishing houses are Otter, Eskimo and Clam. Each offers their own unique hub-styles solutions with their own advantages.
Here are the main differences between Eskimo, Clam and Otter fish houses:
- Otter hub shelters are considered the most durable and warm thanks to patent-pending “Thermal-Tec Triple Layer Insulation”. The downside is that it normally comes with a higher price tag.
- Clam hub shelters are similar to Otter’s in terms of price, but you won’t get as much durability without the triple-layer outer shell.
- Eskimo hub shelters are also reliable, and offer the advantage of a dark interior, great for sight fishing.
The best way to find out which hub-style ice house is best for you is to come try them out in person. Visit one of our 10 locations across the upper midwest to try Otter, Clam and Eskimo products.
Do I Need a Fish House for Winter?
Using a fish house on the ice is a personal preference, however it does make it easier to stay out longer, giving you more opportunities to catch fish. The best temperature for ice fishing with a shelter is below 20 degrees, since it’s almost impossible to keep a hole open in anything colder.
How many people will an ice fishing shelter fit?
The largest hub-style fishing shelters can hold up to six people, and are usually designed for groups. There are single and two-person flip-over ice shelters that are pulled by a sled for solo anglers.
What are some hub-style fish house accessories that will make my experience more enjoyable?
There are countless ice fishing accessories to increase comfortability, including:
What is it like sleeping in a hub style fish house?
Sleeping in a hub-style fish house is surprisingly comfortable with the right gear. Make sure you have food, water, a lighting source, and most importantly, a way to stay warm. A good sleeping bag works for most, or run a ice house heater; remember to bring a carbon monoxide detector or a form of ventilation.