When it comes to successful ice fishing for perch, there are some tried and true tips and techniques that are usually spot on in getting the fish to biting! Whenever you plan to ice fish for perch, you want to consider going to a smaller line whenever you can. The smaller lines are not as easy for the perch to see, and are generally more effective as a result. Another advantage to using lighter line is that they really seem to get the bait to the true depth you want to fish, they allow whatever jig you are using to behave in a more natural fashion and just seem to work better as a result.
The type of rod you use to ice fish for perch is important as well. You do have some options, though. If you buy a somewhat stiff ice rod, you can easily put a spring type bobber on the tip, or you can choose an ultra light rod from 18 inches to 36 inches in length. Just try to find a good rod that has a light tip and a little rigidity about halfway down the rod. This will allow you to set your hook well, while still letting he fish bite with little tension. If you plan to fish outside instead of in an ice house with heat, you should consider using a rod with large guides. Some of the smaller ones tend to freeze up easily.
Now, on to choosing a jig for catching perch through the ice. Most ice anglers rely heavily on anywhere from 1/8 ounce to 1/32 ounce jigs to catch perch. These jigs are normally tipped bait and use a slip bobber. Many ice fishermen will also use a spoon or other ice jig. Good choices are Rattle Snakies, Kastmasters, Ripple tails, Casadas, or Ivan Slammers. Now, whenever you are fishing for perch, there are some modifications most ice anglers like to make.
Consider removing the treble hook and tying on about a 4 or 5 inch length of line and attaching a small treble hook and see if it works for you.When it comes to ice fishing, electronics becomes even more important than it is in any other type of fishing. A really good unit is a Vexilar unit. It has a tri color system and is really excellent for bottom and hook separation. A depth finder tells the angler where the fish are and how heavily concentrated the fish are in any given area. This can be invaluable when ice prevents you from relying on other cues. You can set the sensitivity of this unit so that you can easily differentiate between fish, forage, and your hook.
A good GPS system is also a great tool when you are ice fishing for perch. When you are out on the middle of a barren slab of ice, everything tends to look the same. A GPS system will allow the angler to find hot spots and structure that looks inviting before they drill. Most brands of GPS are basically the same with one notable exception–try to choose a brand that allows you to upload maps using a CD and computer. These maps really can enhance your ice fishing experience and a good GPS will allow you to capitalize on that.