Introduction: Ice Fishing Cleats

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I made these due to the fact that I never have luck with the slip on/ strap on type ice cleats, they never work or fall off.
I have tried various techniques to maintaining footing while ice fishing without success until I tried this, they work excellant, but be warned, they are extreamly aggressive and will damage flooring so be carfull around the house oor the bait store.

Required items:

Heavy soled winter boots, I used winter insulated, water proof, logging boots

Hex head screws (the ones with the screwdriver slot work the best) of a length appropriate for the sole thickness of your boots, in this case I used 5/8" long

First lay out a pattern of your choosing, I tried to maintain the cleats on the portions of the sole that were already raised and in areas where pressure is applied when walking (toes, heals)

When putting in the screws, you can use a corless drill with the appropriate driver but I found that the screw kind of prenetrated too deep, by useing a hand driver or flat headed screwdriver they can be more accurately inserted to where the head of the screw rests firmly against the rubber.

Should the time come when you decide you no longer want the cleats in place they can be simply unscrewed with little more then superficial holes to the soles.

Hope this helps some fellow fisherman or other folks who have to work on the ice!


JarrodL6 (author)2016-05-02

Great idea! As noted by another, it works great for running shoes as well!

buck2217 (author)2015-07-01

History lesson -- Ernest Shackleton did this when on his rescue mission after being stranded at the Antarctic!

kariswg1 made it! (author)2015-02-09

I've been doing this for years with my old running shoes, so that I am able to keep running through our Michigan winters....nice to see it here.

Ketzer (author)2012-02-06

Congratulations! You have reinvented the hobnailed boot.

GainEnergy (author)2012-01-27

Very clever idea!!! Hate the icy when I walk...This is an idea I may try for myself ;) Thanks for sharing!

curious youth (author)2012-01-25

Great idea ! this could also be used for rock fishing yes ? im australian no ice fishing here lol

leclairro (author)curious youth2012-01-26

I hadn't thought about that, but yeah I'm sure they could, we use similar spikes called korkers for fishing in the rivers around here in summer

curious youth (author)leclairro2012-01-26

Ok then sweet nice simple ible but can come in great handy in many environments. Thanks !

Takelababy (author)2012-01-25

Great idea. My yard slopes so if we get freezing rain, away I go, downhill, in a slow uncontrollable slide. I read this just in time as we are to get freezing rain tomorrow so I'll be prepared this time. I've had to rely on the dog with his big claws to help me move when so icey.

jfree1 (author)2012-01-24

Great idea!! I like the fact of the screws being able to remove them if needed. You just gave me great ideas for the used boots in the thrift store!

chevhunter (author)2012-01-20

i've done this for a couple years now and it works great. when we used to ride the river on our 4 wheelers we would put the screws in the lugs on the tires. man talk about traction!!!!!!!

iflyg550 (author)2012-01-18


chuckr44 (author)2012-01-18

Great idea! Easy and cheap. I like it.

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