I have tried a couple of different things to help catch more fish through the ice. The first was to dump small handfuls of cornmeal down the hole. I have heard it would attract bait fisf and the pearch would follow. Ithink it helped.
The second was to cut up minnows and dump them down the hole. I know that worked well.
I also read in an old Fur Fish Game about a guy that would hang up road kill racoons and such on a branch . Wait for the maggots to get started an cast in the area and catch bluegills. It did not say but i don"t believe he could smell. In the viedo Longggg pole Jeremy had a swell idea with a sling shot
Lets hear your thoughts