Underwater Ice Fishing Camera

Underwater camera for ice fishing can help you in several ways. You can drill smaller test holes and insert the camera before drilling the main fishing hole.

The test hole allows you to check the area for fish before putting in too much effort. When fishing the camera can be used to watch you bait, letting you know exactly when to strike at the fish

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If you do not have time to read the full article, but want to find the best underwater camera for ice fishing? Below are my recommendations! (low-end to high-end

A lot of underwater fishing cameras are not of a quality good enough for ice fishing, and they are not suited to the extremely low temperatures.

Ice Fishing Cameras need to be sturdier and made of better materials than other underwater cameras

When choosing a camera for Ice fishing, you should first consider the insulation to many of the parts of the system, mainly the monitor and the battery. Water can condense inside these which will cause them to short out, from which they may never recover. So these need to be kept as warm as possible.

Like all electrical components, they produce heat when they are switched on, so if these parts have good insulation they should work well at cold temperatures.

The camera will be lowered into icy water, so this too needs to be very well insulated from the cold. Several types of rubber and plastics can become brittle at these temperatures, and so not used. The camera unit needs to be waterproofed and insulated using synthetic materials which are more suited to these icy conditions

Because visibility underwater is much lower than in the air, the camera needs to have a larger aperture, with a high resolution, preferably with lights. This will give a better picture and allow you to see much further in the water. Infrared cameras do not work under the cold waters. Also the camera should conform to IP68, meaning that it is certified to be immersed in water without damage.

In the early ’90s, the invention of the digital camera meant that sports fishermen could get cameras to start scoping out fishing spots. Using the camera to looking for fish, or underwater objects, if it was clear enough.

Underwater cameras are most useful to ice fishermen, as the water tends to be clear. Also, a largish hole has to be bored into the ice for them to fish through. As underwater ice fishing cameras are small, fishermen can now drill smaller “Spy Holes”, where the camera can be inserted to look for fish, before the drilling the fishing hole.

Things To Consider When Buying An Ice Fishing Camera

An underwater ice fishing camera consists of more than just a camera. The full unit consists of Camera, Lights, and Display, which are connected by cables and powered by the battery. All of these must be considered when looking to buy an ice fishing camera.

When I mention an “underwater ice fishing camera”,I am referring to the unit as a whole, not just the “camera part” of it


Ideally, you want a camera that is shaped like something that would not look out of place under the ice, maybe the exterior could look like a fish or something. So that it can blend into the scene as smoothly as possible, without alerting the fish too much.

The quality of the picture sent back by the unit will affect the price of the ice fishing camera. If you want a very detailed image of what is under the ice, with superfast contrast, then you are going to need a high resolution camera. These are also required if you are thinking about recording what you see under the ice.
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The size and quality of the screen will be one of the things that will affect the price of the unit that you buy. If you want a top-quality view of the fish that are below you then you are going to need a good display. If however you just want to know where the fish are, and once you know that, you have little interest in looking under the ice, then a lower quality screen is all that you require.

The size and brightness of the screen are going to affect the life of the battery. So be sure that the unit has a good battery if the screen is going to be large, bright, and being used a lot.

You do not want to go much smaller than a 7 inch screen for your ice fishing camera, which should be touch-sensitive, or have controls under it so that you can quickly make adjustments to the setting, picture, lights, etc.

The display on the camera for ice fishing usually acts as the control as well, so you want to quickly be able to make adjustments, with a single hand if possible, so as your fishing is not disturbed


You will probably not have the option to recharge your battery when you are out on the ice. For this reason, you want a good-sized battery that will last most of the day. You do not want to be changing location, and find out that the battery is dead and you can do any recon of the new holes.

Do not just rely on the battery size when deciding which ice fishing camera to buy. As mentioned above, the screen and camera quality will drain batteries at different rates. Look at the reviews to get a feel of the battery durations, and how long the manufacturers say the unit will function on a full charge.


Some of you are going to want to record the action, and upload it, or show it to your friends. If this is the case you are going to need a camera with a higher resolution, and a base unit (screen) that can take an SD card to record the video on. Similar to an ordinary camera, the SD card can be taken out and inserted into a laptop to access your recorded videos.

You will probably also want a good quality screen so that you can see what you are recording


The lights on the ice fishing camera are optional. But if you do have them, they will allow you to see a greater distance should the water be murky. It also means that the unit can be used for night fishing as well.

Lights may also attract fish to the area where you are fishing! (more information can be found here )

Cable Length

You want a cable that is not so short that it can’t go down to the depth at which you want to fish, while at the same time not being overly long as to add a lot of weight to the ice fishing camera.

Most units come with a decent length cable for most situations, but should you want to go fishing in very deep water, you may want to consider changing the wires for some of sufficient length.


The weight of the ice fishing camera unit will come down to a few factors, like the size and quality of the unit. You want this to be as light as possible, as it is one of the things that you may have to carry some distances at times.

Some of the more expensive units weigh less, and are sturdier, as they are made from better quality, lighter materials

Carry Case

The case that the ice fishing camera comes in is important too. It needs to be durable, waterproof, and as small/light as possible. As I am sure you are aware, it needs to protect the unit, without getting in the way.

Price / Warranty

These are obvious, the Ice Fishing camera must be affordable by you, and you want as long a warranty as possible. When buying your fishing gear, you need to buy good stuff. However, some people are on a budget.

I will recommend cameras for every income.

Budget Underwater Ice Fishing Camera

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Reasons: Good price, good reviews
“Well complete underwater camera”

Mid Range Ice Fishing Camera

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Reasons: Good mid range camera, reviews, price
“Good ice fishing camera (central Minnesota)”

Mid Range Underwater Fishing Line Camera

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Reasons: Great mid range camera, reviews
“Awesome camera!”

High End Best Ice Fishing Camera

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Reasons: Good Quality for Price, reviews
“Good stuff, Easy to use”

Tips for Choosing the Best Ice Fishing Camera

These are the three most important questions when buying one of these Cameras
1. How clear will the water be? Many general underwater cameras say that they can be used for ice fishing, they are really made for fishing in the clear waters of lakes. It is better to buy a specialized camera that has been designed for icy conditions first. They may cost a little more, as they have to deal with such cold temperatures, but they will work better and last longer than the generic cameras

2. How often will you use the camera? You do not want to spend a lot of money on an Ice fishing camera setup, if you are only going to use it once every three years. Also, you do not want to buy a camera that is going to die after being left in storage for the summer. You need to think about how useful and how much use you will get from it, before you decide on the camera that you are going to buy

3. How important is the quality of the picture? This factor affects the price the most. If you just want to know where the fish are, and looking at them is not so important, a lower-quality system will do.
If however, you want to be able to see the fish clearly, record the action for later upload to social media. Or if you will use the camera for other things, inspecting the bottom of your boat, checking your dock underwater for any deterioration, then you will want a much better picture.

Ice Fisherman’s View Of An Underwater Camera (Video Above)

Hello guys, today we’ll be talking about an underwater fishing camera.

Well they call it an underwater fishing camera but I guess it can be used for several things. You can use it to inspect the bottom of your boat, and you can use it to look at the underwater topography. I guess it can be used for countless things, but we’ll talk about the gadget itself.

It’s quite well protected, portable, easy to transport, an excellent sturdy lock. There are a number of models. I chose mine primarily because of this particular model has a flip-out screen shade. The screen itself is protected with these shades. Now, anybody that has used an LCD device in the Sun, will sympathize with the fact that you can have problems seeing the screen.

That’s why I chose this model. It comes well packed as a manual in English, decent English if I may add. Good packaging, a wall charger for lithium-ion batteries. It charges with a thousand milliamp, so I guess the battery is litho.

The manual says 4500 milliamps, and 7 to 12 hours use. When it’s running the camera, and the screen that less time. That is left to be verified when I test it. Note the weight of the screen quickly makes it tip, so your battery is actually your ballast to hold it up.

The camera itself according to the manual, is supposed to be 800 by 600 resolution. It’s supposed to be a CCD camera, so it’s a quite good resolution.

It’s completely waterproof, and it has some lighting that should give a very clear picture. According to the manual up to 3 meters from the lens, well that’s again left to be verified.

The camera itself is sturdy, quite a firm build. These little loops here, I guess they’re to secure your wires and secure your fishing line as you dip it into the water. The loop at the bottom is to secure a weight of some sort. The weight means that you don’t just float around without control of depth in the water.

This is a little arm in front of the camera, and you can secure a lure, or fish hook, or whatever you want to attract the fish. It comes with this little spool of wire, and it’s supposed to be 30 meters long. So I should be able to lower this 30 meters into the water.

This suits me fine, because most of the areas I fish are within that range. That’s about what you get in the Box.

I think I should power it up so you can get a look at it! I’ll just start with putting the AV connections and the battery.

The screen is actually quite sharp. One little detail is you cannot control the lights on and off and the camera. That would have been smart if you could, but I guess you can’t get everything for this price

The camera is quite sharp, and the image is quite good. I’ll just try to focus a little bit more on the screen so that you can get a good look at it. Now I’ll just flip the camera around a little bit, you can see the image is actually not bad, and the camera kind of compensates.

When I point the camera to light, you can’t see for a few milliseconds, and then it adjusts itself, it gets a better image. When I point to a darker area, it adjusts itself again, which is actually quite good.

Other Questions

Do underwater cameras scare fish?

Generally they do not. If the light is to intrusive, or it points directly at the fish, it may. A wide lens will stop this problem happening

What is the best GoPro setting for underwater?

  • Lens wide.
  • Hypersmooth Image Stabilization.
  • 1080 Resolution.
  • 60 Frames Per Second.
  • Sharpness High.
  • Color on GoPro,
  • Auto White Balance.
  • Turn Screensaver 

What is the best underwater drone?

There are several of these, including PowerVision PowerRay and  Chasing Innovation Gladius Mini


If you require more information, please check these references

What To Use For An Underwater Camera , article, “www.reddit.com”, retrieved on, Fri 23-August-2019

What Is The Best Underwater Fishing Camera , article, “www.quora.com”, retrieved on, Fri 23-August-2019

Ice Fishing , article, “en.wikipedia.org”, retrieved on, Fri 23-August-2019

Steve Marsh