I had a great time at the Lake in the Hills ice fishing derby on Saturday. The ice was 5-12 inches thick but there was 6 inches of water on top the ice which made for a very wet trip. The fish were hugging the bottom and weren't very active but we did pretty good. What you have to get the fish off the bottom is take a nice, heavy tungsten ice jig and set it on the bottom. Then, raise the tip of your rod about a foot, then drop it, letting the jig hit the bottom hard. Repeat that a couple times then slowly jig your bait upward. Watching your flasher, look and see if you can get the fish to come up. Using that technique I caught all of my fish and caught tons in the past. I caught them using a Bentley/fiska tungsten jig and a Little Atom Nuggie and a trimmed Jumbo Wedgee. In the end, I ended up winning the perch and crappie category.