If you are using an ice fishing rod and hook-and-line while ice fishing, then a good technique to try is jigging. You can use lures or live bait while jigging. Follow these simple steps to practice this technique:
- Drop your line and let your jig hook sink to the bottom.
- Then slowly (very slowly) raise your bait up about a foot off the bottom.
- You can jig up and down, side to side or up and down and sideways.
- If you are moving your bait too much or too fast, the fish may think it is not worth the effort to go after it. Jigging works best for smaller fish like panfish.
Video Courtesy of Wisconsin DNR