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Electric Augers

I do not have a lot of experience with any of the electric ice augers showing up on the market.  However, my buddy Teeg Stouffer over at Recycled Fish has put together a nice video comparing some electric augers, check it out:

I am running an old 2-stroke Jiffy.  I have had that auger for years, so when I bought it, the 2-stroke augers were the only ones on the market.  My auger is big and heavy, but I knew I wanted a Jiffy when I bought it because my uncle had been running a Jiffy for years and never had any problem with it.  I have not had any problem with mine.  Jiffys are great augers.  I said that to say this, there are more options on the market now; beside the electric augers and the 2-strokes there are 4-stroke augers and even augers that run on those little Coleman propane tanks.

If you are serious about your ice-fishing a power auger is one of the best investments you can make, but shop around, see what is available and determine what type, size and brand fits your needs.  I drill lots of holes and want a big auger, but that is not necessarily what you have to have, you decide.

Oh, one other thing to mention, what about hole size?  For a hand auger, I use a 6-inch diameter auger; bigger augers mean it is harder to drill holes.  My power auger is an 8-inch diameter.  The largest diameter you can legally use on public waters in Nebraska is 10-inch.  You can go as large as 10-inch if you want, but 99.995% of the fish you will ever catch will come through an 8-inch diameter hole, no problem, Too Large?.

If you want to do some shopping, here are some of the big players on the ice auger market:

Jiffy

Strikemaster

Eskimo

Ion

K Drill

Clam

Ice Gator

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About Daryl Bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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