Ice Fishing Ice fishing is a little bit more tricky than regular fishing because your range is very limitted. It is not easy to just move around if you are not catching anything because in order to move, you have to move your whole ice house, all your gear, and then drill new holes once you arrive at the new location. A common ice fishing tactic is to use what is called a "tip-up". A tip-up is a device that holds your fishing line and connects to a flag. This way you can sit in the ice house and play cards or games and not have to pay too much attention to the hole. When a fish takes the bait it will pull the flag down, signalling that it is time for you to pull your line up. Another more active way to ice fish is to use an ice fishing pole, which is just like a regular fishing pole only much shorter. When you fish with an ice fishing pole you can also jig your lure to help attract the fish.