Fishing through the ice in winter is practiced in northern districts, especially where pickerel abound, and this way of fishing is also employed for trout, lake trout, etc. There are many styles of so-called "pickerel traps" which trip up or show a flag when a fish is hooked. The simplest of these is made of a strip of thin board or shingle with a hole bored through near the narrow end and the line fastened at the short end. A hole is cut through the ice, the hook is baited and let down, and a round stick is thrust through the hole in the shingle and across the hole in the ice. When a fish takes the bait he makes a run with it and hooks himself and his pulling on the line trips the shingle up, warning the fisherman that he has made a catch. The fish is then pulled up, and the hook re-baited and set again. In this way one man may tend quite a lot of these traps.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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