Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Although most any fishing rod can be used for angling through the ice, a short pole (between two and three feet in length) will enable you to sit nearly over the hole and respond immediately to the slightest nibble. A light line (two- to four-pound—test) and small hooks (anywhere from No. 6 to No. 14) are the best choices for small trout or panfish, but—if you're after large pike or lake trout—use 10- to 15-pound—test monofilament and a hefty hook ... from No. 4 on up, depending on the size of your bait.
Remember be safe and wear the proper clothing.