In the North, when December rolls around and the hard-water takes over, it's ice fishing time. A frozen lake, a dark house, a hole in the ice, and a hand-carved decoy… it's primitive, it's anticipation, it's spear fishing at its finest. That's when our products at Ice Shanty Gear come into play.
Based in Minnesota, we have a climate and landscape that works to our advantage. Recognized as The Land of 10,000 Lakes and paired with temperatures known to be at or below freezing for nearly five months out of the year, it only makes sense that one man's spearfishing passion would develop into something more.
That man is Jeff Doty, life-long fisherman, product developer, and entrepreneur. Originating in 2005 with the Doty's Darkhouse Dipper, Ice Shanty Gear (under Jeff's oversight), has introduced several revolutionary products for the niche sport of spear fishing. Today, Ice Shanty Gear's product lines include Doty's inventions, signature decoys, and other spearing accessories produced by Minnesota companies specifically for the winter spearfishing season.
Selling wholesale and retail, you can find Jeff promoting Ice Shanty Gear products at industry-related shows throughout the year. You can also find some Ice Shanty Gear products at certain Minnesota Scheels locations (St. Cloud, Mankato, Fargo, and Bismarck), as well as at various bait shops across the state - from International Falls to Mankato and Fargo to Hibbing. Fortunately, there's no reason to wait for a show or to travel to a retailer, you can order Ice Shanty Gear products online...
A Minnesota native, Jeff has been spearing for over 35 years. His knowledge of winter spear fishing is well evolved and his hope is that all of Ice Shanty Gear's products work as well for you, as they do for him. More than just operating the business and fishing in his free time, Jeff is actively involved in promoting the sport of winter spearfishing and its related products.