Learn More About Ice Fishing Combos
Reel in fish all winter long with ice fishing combos from Field & Stream. Choose perfectly matched rods and reels from great brands like Shakespeare®, Celsius®, Fenwick®, Frabill®, 13 Fishing® and more.
The most important thing to consider when buying an ice fishing combo may be the rod’s power. Power refers to how much force it takes to bend the rod. You’ll want to make sure the rod’s power matches the type of fish you’re targeting. Here is a general breakdown:
- Ultralight: Panfish
- Light: Perch
- Medium – Medium-light: Most trout, walleye, whitefish
- Heavy: Pike, lake trout
You’ll also want to think about the rod’s action. Most ice anglers prefer fast or medium action—these rods tend to provide both the sensitivity and strength you need on the ice. Consider fast action when fishing artificial baits and medium action for live baits like minnows.
Take a look at the rod’s blank construction. It will likely be one of two materials: graphite or fiberglass. Many anglers prefer graphite for its lightweight design and superior sensitivity. If you want to feel every bite, graphite may be the way to go. But you can’t go wrong with fiberglass for its superior durability and solid hooksets. If you’re using a strike indicator, you likely won’t need the added sensitivity graphite provides.
Finally, you’ll need to choose the rod length. Most rods on FieldandStreamShop.com are between 24 to 28 inches. A shorter rod may be easier to maneuver in a tight space like an ice fishing shanty, while a longer rod will give you a bit more control.
When buying an ice fishing combo, there’s not too much to worry about when it comes to the reel, as it will be designed to work with the rod. Your biggest concern may be the weight—look for a lightweight reel that won’t wear you out.