just throwing this out there for you icefishers who want to catch large fish through the ice. sheefishing around kotzebue is going to be getting really good in the next couple of weeks usually around mid april. There is great fishing to be had right around town where transportation other than your feet won't be necessary. most of the time just a few hundred yards north of town and sometime closer can be fantistic for fish up to 40lbs. the average being smaller of course but you'll certainly get some in the 20lb range pretty easy. when the fishing is good there will be many holes already made out there and if not people out there have no problems sharing equipment. 80lb braided line and a large spoon (krocodile, doctor spoon, ect.) will work fine. about 20-30yrds of line on a stick will do the trick. most fish will be caught in less than 15 ft deep. the tradition up here is pretty much fish right next to someone to be social so don't be surprised if somebody you've never seen before makes a hole 5 ft from you its just part of the scene. went out a week or two ago and got maybe 6-8 but that was a bad day. i might even be out there as well. give it a try if you like icefishing nothing beats it. ill post pics after my next outing.