I had the privlage of meeting a guy that ice fishes and ask him to take me some time he fiinally took me and it was a blast i have to admit i was a little worried about walking out on a lake but once he showed me it was a foot thick i lost my fear and it was game on we cought a 5 gallon bucket of blue gill and crappie in about 3 hours i have to say i'm hook for life now. I never would of thought you could catch so many fish in such cold weather. We cought them on wax worms and a 1/32 jig head. i learned that you have to find the depth of the fish and once you catch your first fish you want to keep your bait at the same depth and you will catch them every time you can be a foot to high or a foot lower then the fish and not get a bite. I learned you have to find the brush piles and get above them the panfish like to hold up around the brush. I will tell you one thing they might not of all been big fish but it sure was alot of fun and better then sitting at the house watching fishing shows on the outdoor channel.