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Ice Fishing 101: When To Use A 5 Inch Ice Auger

While there are many different sizes of ice augers available, one size that is particularly useful is the 5-inch hole.

When you’re fishing a lake that is known for its panfish, bluegill, crappie, or perch, you may want to consider using a 5-inch auger bit. The smaller diameter hole size is effortless compared to larger augers, which can make drilling holes easier and less tiring. Additionally, smaller augers are lighter, making them easier to carry out onto the ice, especially if you have a long walk to your fishing spot. With smaller holes, there is generally less skimming of slush to clear out a hole too, so you can start fishing sooner.


One significant advantage of drilling more holes is that it increases your chances of finding fish. Ice fishing requires a bit of mobility, and drilling multiple holes can help you cover more water and locate schools of fish. If you drill one hole and wait for fish to come to you, you may end up missing out on some great opportunities. By drilling several holes, you can increase your chances of catching more fish and having a successful trip.


It's essential to note that most fish will typically swim straight up a hole once started, and smaller holes can prevent fish from turning around and escaping. This advantage can help increase your chances of catching more fish and ultimately lead to a more successful fishing trip. Large bluegills, crappies, and perch, in particular, are more likely to try to turn around in larger holes, making smaller 5-inch holes an optimal choice for anglers looking to put more fish on the ice for their next fish fry.


The RAZR Scout® 5" Ice Auger is an excellent choice for those looking for a reliable and efficient way to drill smaller holes. This auger connects directly to your brushless drill, making it easy to use and transport. RAZR also offers 5" hand augers with curved blades or flat blade models available. Regardless of the model you choose, the 5-inch hole size is an excellent option for those looking to catch panfish, bluegill, crappie, or perch. By using a smaller auger bit, you can make drilling holes easier, cover more water, and increase your chances of catching more fish.

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