Three classes of reels are useful on the ice. Traditional spinning and baitcasting reels carry most of the load, and in reality, some of your open-water reels can also be very effective in a hardwater setting. Typical 500- to 1000-series spinning reels with a smooth drag will cover many panfish and walleye applications. Remember that small spool diameters will induce a significant amount of unproductive line coil in monofilament and heavier fluorocarbon lines, which makes the line hard to manage as it comes off the spool, and also produces fish-repelling lure spin once the bait is in the water. As you move up to larger targets and longer, heavier-power rods, you should transition to larger, 2000-series spinning reels. Frequently, anglers targeting lake trout in deep water, or large pike in the shallows, will benefit from using traditional baitcasting reels, both for their capacity to hold and manage heavier line as well as their ability to retrieve significant lengths of line with only a single revolution of the reel’s handle. A niche group of hardwater anglers are devotees of in-line reels. These large-spool reels sit beneath the rod, where a spinning reel would normally be mounted, but retrieve line without causing it to twist as it is deposited on the spool, similar to a baitcasting reel. Large-arbor, in-line reels are typically used to rapidly deploy small- or medium-sized baits to the depths while minimizing fish-repelling bait spin once the lure is in the water.