Ice Fishing Rods & Reels That Rock!

Ice Fishing Rods & Reels That Rock!

Just when we thought ice tackle had reached its hiatus, a new generation of innovative ice fishing rods and reels rock the hardwater world. Two years ago, the fly-reel/in-line revolution attracted attention by eliminating line twist. That ushered development of multiplying reels and new spool designs that pick up a foot or more of line with every turn of the handle. Instead of relying on your palm to slow a big fish, these round reels have state-of-the-art drag systems, too. And enter the upside-down baitcaster concept, "floating blanks," long-stem spinning reels designed for ice, and more. Rods keep getting lighter, more sensitive, and more tactic-specific. Ergonomic designs focus vibration against the palm. Spring bobbers of the past decade are being replaced with strike indicators built into the blank. And as braided ice lines gain in popularity, rods are getting lighter and longer to make up for the lack of stretch. This year's offerings cover the spectrum from ultralight panfish to long lake trout sticks. The trend is toward longer, lighter rods to accommodate ice-specific braids and fluorocarbons. Long rods hold onto fish better when line has less stretch, and they accentuate the fight dramatically.

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

Boats & Motors

Technical Notes: Calculating Prop Performance

In-Fisherman - May 01, 2019

In-Fisherman Here is a way to calculate prop performance with different props, a formula


Using Crankbaits For Smallmouth Bass

Matt Straw - January 31, 2016

Crankin' is almost a necessity for finding bass on the Great Lakes from summer through fall.


10 Best Bass Fishing States In America

Matt Straw - November 01, 2017

Which of the ten is the best? You decide.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Travel Destinations on Ice

The In-Fisherman staff targets all fish during each and every season, with many of our favorite winter option are on the ice.

Electric Filet Knife from Bubba Blades

As OSG's Lynn Burkhead looks on, Josh Neville shows off the cordless and corded versions of a new electric filet knife from Bubba Blades.

New 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch from Simms

Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead gets new product details from Simms Fishing Product's John Frazier about the new waterproof 4-Liter Dry Creek Gear Pouch.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories


Understanding Spring Walleye Migrations

Gord Pyzer - June 02, 2018

'Walleyes spawn in spring and understanding spring walleye migrations, whether you live north...

Boats & Motors

2- Vs. 4-Cycle Outboard Motors

Dan Johnson - April 16, 2018

Now more than ever, understanding each category's strong suits is critical to choosing a...


Walleye Length To Weight Conversion Chart

Dr. Rob Neumann - January 03, 2017

Several methods are available to estimate the weight of a fish. Some use length as well as...

See More Stories

More Rods


New Ice Fishing Rods

Matt Straw - January 15, 2013

What did I just say about sunrises and sunsets on Mille Lacs? This, alone, makes a day on the...


Transom Trolling Rod

Jeff Simpson - July 11, 2013

Check out Wright & McGill's Signature Series Tony Roach transom trolling


Ice Fishing Rods & Reels That Rock!

Matt Straw - January 24, 2014

Ice fishing rod & reel combos that rule the ice.

See More Rods

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.