How to Use Wooden Ice Fishing Poles

How to Use Wooden Ice Fishing Poles
Ice fishing presents a whole host of challenges not found in warm weather. Using an old-fashioned wooden ice fishing pole can add to the challenge--and perhaps the fun, too. Using a wooden ice fishing pole isn't much different than using a standard metal pole. Here's how.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wooden ice fishing pole Line Hook (with bait) or jigger Sinker Floater Bolt-down pole holder
  • Wooden ice fishing pole
  • Line
  • Hook (with bait) or jigger
  • Sinker
  • Floater
  • Bolt-down pole holder
Step 1
Obtain the proper wooden ice fishing pole. To do this, you'll need to look at the type of fish you hope to catch. Depending on the fish's size, your pole might need to be more or less firm. A more flexible wooden pole might be needed if your goal is a crappie or a brook trout, but something more sturdy would probably be in order when dealing with a big bass or catfish.
Step 2
Secure your jigger (or baited hook) and sinker to the end of the line. Most wooden ice fishing poles come complete with a reel, around which you can wind your line.
Step 3
Research the depths at which your hoped-for fish live. This is very important: You might sink your hook too deep (or not deep enough) to even your fish. A bluegill, for example, will probably be found between 4 and 6 feet below the ice, but a yellow perch is likely closer to 30 feet below the ice.
Step 4
Attach your floater to the line with the appropriate amount of distance separating the floater and the hook depending on the depth of the fish type you are after.
Step 5
Use a bolt-down pole holder to secure your wooden ice fishing pole to the ice a few feet from the edge of the fishing hole. If you aren't looking to catch anything big, drill or use a pick to make a half-foot hole that tightly fits the butt end of your wooden pole, then insert the pole securely into the hole.
Step 6
Drop the line into the ice fishing hole, and watch the floater for movement signifying a bite.

Article Written By William Jackson

William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.

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