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Ice Fishing Season

The ice fishing season is dependent on Mother Nature. We will not take customers out unless there is at least 4 inches of ice. This is usually early December though mid-March. For 2021/2022 we are accepting reservations starting the first week in December through mid-March. We will adjust if necessary based on ice conditions. Safety is our top priority.

Ice Fishing Rates

Day Duration Group Ice Fishing Adventure Guided Ice Fishing Adventure Ice Fishing House Rental
Any 7 Hours $295
Sat-Sun 3 hours $50
Sat-Sun 7 Hours $90
Sat-Sun 7 hours $40

For our Group Ice Fishing Adventure we offer a 15% discount for Veterans, First Responders, and doctors and nurses (Thank you for your service!). Please bring some identification to show you qualify. We also offer a 50% discount for children 15 and under.

    Start Times

    Ice Fishing Group Adventures first session: 9:00 – 12:00, and second session 1:00 – 4:00. We offer a 10% discount when you attend both sessions.

    Ice Fishing Tent Rental: 9:00 – 4:00

    Private Guided Ice Fishing Adventures: 7 hours, start time flexible – to be arranged with customer.

    Ice fishing group adventures will generally be held in backwaters between Nelson, WI and Wabasha, MN. We will let you know the exact location at least 24 hours ahead of event. Ice House rentals are at the same locations. For Private Guided Ice Fishing Adventures we will contact you about the species you are after and plan accordingly.

    Terms and Conditions

    • Booking customer must be at least 18 years of age.
    • All participants must have signed the Pool 4 Waiver and Release of Liability prior to participating. Instructions will be emailed to booking customer after the booking customer e-signs the Rental Agreement. Please forward on to all participants ahead of rental. It saves a lot of time if waivers are completed before arriving at the event. Waivers must be completed for all minors by guardians.
    • All adults fishing the Mississippi River must be in possession of a Minnesota or a Wisconsin Fishing license and abide by regulations of the state in which they are licensed.

    FAQs

    When is it safe to start Ice Fishing?

    We will not take our customers out on ice that is less than 4″ thick, which is meets all recommendations for ice fishing. Please see Minnesota DNR  recommendations at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/thickness.html.

    Are boats equipped for night operation?
    • We only allow our boats to be operated in daylight hours.
    Can you deliver a boat to my favorite launch?
    • Yes. For fishing boats with full-day rentals and pontoon boats with multi-day rentals. It is required that you have a secure place to moor the boat if keeping overnight. Delivery charges may apply if distance is more than 10 miles.
    Can I get a discount for multi-day rentals?
    • Yes. Please call or email us with your request and we will get back to you with multi-day and multi-week availability and pricing.
    How clean is the boat expected to be on return?
    • Pool 4 will vacuum and clean surfaces between rentals. We do not expect food or trash to be left on-board, or stains on floor or upholstery or bimini. If extra cleaning is required a fee will be charged to the renter per the rental agreement.
    • We provide some cleaning supplies on the boat in case you need to do a cleanup on the water. Trash bags and/or containers will be provided. Pool 4 will dispose of trash bags for you, but please put trash in the bag.
    How does the boating rental process work?

    Pool 4 does most of the rental preparation before the day of the rental and will meet your party at the dock or boat launch at the time of your reservation.

    Here is the usual process…

    • A renter makes a reservation online or by calling us. The renter may also add on some additional items for the trip, maybe a cooler or a special life preserver.
    • The Renter must e-sign the Pool 4 Rental Agreement and Liability Waiver.
    • Once the Renter has signed these, a link will then be provided that the Renter can send on to all participants. The Renter will also need to decide who will be allowed to operate the boat and inform them when the link is sent.
    • All participants must e-sign the waiver prior to boarding the boat.
    • All Operator’s must read and sign the Operator’s Agreement prior to boarding, or they will not be allowed to operate the boat.
    • On the day of the rental, we will text or email, with expected time of departure. This may vary a bit from the original reservation time. You should also inform us if you are running late. We will try to accommodate.
    • We ask that you arrive at least 15 mins early for check-in. At this time we will confirm that we have all the right people and all waivers signed. We will also confirm we have all the right equipment, add-ons, etc.
    • Next you will board the boat. Pontoon boats are generally in slips and supplies must be carried to the boats (we’ll help!). Fishing boats are generally on trailers and launched after your party is on site and boat is loaded. We will need at least one person to assist in launch.
    • Once aboard we will give you and the operators an orientation of the boat and the area where you will be boating.
    • We will take then a photo of the group and send you on your Mississippi adventure!
    • You will be able to reach us by phone during your time on the water – so don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns. Contact info is in the boat.
    • About 30 mins before the end of your reservation we will send a text reminder. At that time you should start heading back to the marina if you have not already done so. Extending your time may also be possible – let us know if you would like to do that.
    • At the marina we will normally meet you at the gas dock. We will assist in refueling. Refueling costs are the responsibility of the Renter.
    • A Pool 4 employee will then drive the group and the boat back to the slip or launch and will assist in unloading the boat.
    • We hope your experience will be memorable and that you will provide us with positive reviews on Google, Facebook, or other social networking sites. Let us know if you had any concerns or problems.
    Who can operate the boat?
    • The Renter (the one that paid for the reservation) is responsible for the boat and its safe operation. As part of the rental agreement, the Renter may designate any participants he/she wants to allow to operate the boat. Only participants named by the Renter as operators, and meeting the Pool 4 Adventures operator requirements, will be allowed to operate the boat.
    • Operators must be at least 21 years of age with a valid driver’s license. Driver’s license must be in the operator’s possession on the boat. Operator must allow Pool 4 to inspect and photograph his/her driver’s license prior to departure.
    • Operator must have had no DWI/DUI (Driving While Intoxicated) convictions in past three years.
    • Operator must be willing and able, physically and mentally, to operate the boat.
    • Operator must be present when boat operating instructions are provided and must review and understand boating regulations for the area prior to boarding.
    • To ensure the safety off all on-board, all Operators must sign our Operators Agreement indicating that they understand the rules of safe boating.
    Who can be on the boat?
    • Participants must be at least 6 months of age and at least 16 pounds. Life jackets do not work well for small children, so safest to let them get a little bigger before boating.
    • Participants must be physically and mentally able to board and ride the boat safely. People with back issues, balance issues or prone to seasickness should not participate.
    • Participants that appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed aboard.
    • The renter (the one that paid for the reservation) will decide who to invite and will provide Pool 4 with a list of participants and their email contact information. Only participants named by the renter and checked-in with Pool 4 Adventures are allowed to board the boat during the rental period.
    • Only participants that have e-signed the Pool 4 Waiver and Release of Liability will be allowed aboard. For minors, legal guardians must sign the waiver and the Minor Release.
    • The renter can change the participant list any time before the rental period, but it is best to have it nailed down at least a day before the rental so that waivers can be reviewed and signed without delaying your departure.
    Who can rent a boat from Pool 4 Adventures?
    • Renter must be at least 25 years of age.
    • Renter is responsible for the boat and is expected to be on board during the rental unless other arrangements are made with Pool 4 prior to departure. It is best to call us before making the reservation if you will not be on the boat for the adventure.