How to Build the Right Ice Fishing Rod

Hard water anglers can already sense the season, and it’s time to prepare with these tips to build the perfect ice fishing rod!

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Featured Demos:

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Start Your Builds Before First Ice!

Between the cold, crisp air and the distant sound of augers chewing through ice, these devoted anglers are eager to return to their favorite frozen honey hole.

Ice fishing is undoubtedly one of the most unique and satisfying applications out there. Whether getting into smaller panfish and crappie, mid-range bass and walleye, or larger lurking fish like pike and musky, you can build an ice rod tailored to your application, budget, and comfort for a truly unbeatable experience.

Ice fishing is unique an application as any and with the different demands of each technique, Mud Hole has worked diligently to assemble an inventory that exceeds the expectations of hard water enthusiasts. 

We carry all the popular individual components, like high-performance rod blanks, guides, grips, and reel seats, to easily shop and build your own ice rod. 

But, if you’re looking for a simple way to bundle and organize your builds, we also offer kits for entire rods, handles, and even guides. These kits help quickly and easily assemble the perfect components for your next custom build. 

Let’s start by getting to know Ice Rod Blanks and learning what each model is designed to do!

What’s the Skinny on Ice Rod Blanks?

When it comes to ice rods, the small diameters seem comical, but don’t let the size of these ice blanks fool you because the right choice could land you a trophy lake trout!

Learn more about our selection of ice rod blanks below:

Fiberglass Precision Power Noodle

This 36″ fiberglass power noodle is great for panfish applications using very small tungsten jigs tipped with plastic, or grubs. Of the power noodles, this #PPN-36 has the most sensitive tip and it will easily show any negative bites common in ice fishing.

#PPN-36 Rod Specs: 36″ | 1-4 lb. | X-Fast Action | Light Power | 1 Piece | 2.5 Tip | 0.190 Butt

Ultralight Fiberglass Power Noodles

These ultralight fiberglass power noodles are perfect for targeting panfish with small tungsten and lead jigs with plastics and grubs. Compared to the #PPN-36, these power noodles have a quicker hook set, but they are not quite as sensitive because the tip isn’t as soft on these blanks.

#FIB-26UL-MHX Rod Specs: 26″ | 1-6 lb. | Extra Fast Action | Ultra Light Power | 2.5 Tip | 0.252 Butt

#FIB-33UL-MHX Rod Specs: 33″ | 1-4 lb. | Extra Fast Action | Ultra Light Power | 2.5 Tip | 0.306 Butt

#FIB-39UL-MHX Rod Specs: 39″ | 1-4 lb. | Extra Fast Action | Ultra Light Power | 2.5 Tip | 0.306 Butt

Ultralight Solid Carbon Ice Rod Blanks

Meet the solid carbon ice blanks from MHX!

Whether targeting panfish and crappie, or even deep water perch, these ice blanks are very versatile. Although the tip isn’t as soft as the power noodle rods, it does allow you to fish very small jigs as well as some larger panfish jigs.

Most anglers fishing these blanks with tungsten jigs will usually watch the line for bite detection rather than the tip. These blanks will work well with the smallest of spoons and the smallest size jigging raps too!

#CIB-28UL-MHX Rod Specs: 28″ | 1-4 lb. | Fast Action | Ultra Light Power | 2.5 Tip | 0.128 Butt

#CIB-32UL-MHX Rod Specs: 32″ | 1-4 lb. | Fast Action | Ultra Light Power | 2.5 Tip | 0.155 Butt

#CIB-36UL-MHX Rod Specs: 36″ | 1-4 lb. | Fast Action | Ultra Light Power | 1 Piece | 2.5 Tip | 0.145 Butt

Panfish Solid Carbon Ice Rod Blank

The medium-light solid carbon ice blank is ideal for deep water panfish.

Even though this blank is rated ML, the moderate fast action actually deflects more on the deflection graph than the light powered blanks. This slower action allows for more cushioning with very light mono line if bigger fish make a run.

Pair this blank with small to medium jigs, spoons, and jigging raps to target deeper water perch and crappie!

#CIB-36MLMF-MHX Rod Specs: 36″ | 2-6 lb. | Mod-Fast Action | Medium-Light Power | 3.0 Tip | 0.156 Butt

Finesse Solid Carbon Ice Rod Blank

The finesse solid carbon ice blank shines when you need a little softer tip compared to the light powered ice blanks. Between the power and tip, this is a very popular option for small spoons and blade baits.

These benefits make it great for deeper water crappie and perch!

#CIB-24ML-MHX Rod Specs: 24″ | 2-6 lb. | Fast Action | Medium-Light Power | 3.0 Tip | 0.148 Butt

Shorter Light Solid Carbon Ice Rod Blank

With the light solid carbon ice blank, we have officially left the world of panfish to enter the more gamefish applications. This is a very versatile blank for jigging many sizes of spoons and any jigging raps except the largest size.

If you’re catching walleye, whitebass, whitefish, smallmouth bass, and even light northern pike, this is an excellent option to land them!

#CIB-26L-MHX Rod Specs: 26″ | 1-4 lb. | Fast Action | Light Power | 1 Piece | 2.5 Tip | 0.145 Butt

Longer Solid Carbon Ice Rod Blanks

Check out the workhorse for gamefish ice blanks. This rod will easily handle small, medium, and some large spoons, as well as jigging raps for a variety of gamefish.

Whether up against walleye, northern pike, or light lake trout applications, this rod is ready to get to work!

#CIB-30-MHX Rod Specs: 30″ | 2-6 lb. | Fast Action | Light Power | 1 Piece | 3.0 Tip | 0.145 Butt

#CIB-36-MHX Rod Specs: 36″ | 2-6 lb. | Fast Action | Light Power | 1 Piece | 3.0 Tip | 0.15 Butt

#CIB-42-MHX Rod Specs: 42″ | 4-8 lb. | Fast Action | Light Power | 1 Piece | 3.0 Tip | 0.15 Butt

Medium-Heavy Solid Carbon Ice Rod Blanks

These medium-heavy solid carbon ice rod blanks are designed to put a hurting on lake trout and large norther pike.

It is not so much about the size of the fish, but rather the size of the lures and the water depths where these blanks shine. Lake trout fishing is typically in 80 to 300 feet of water using very heavy lures, jigs (1/2 oz and bigger), airplane lures, and very large jigging raps, and this ice blank is built to do it.

#CIB-36MH-MHX Rod Specs: 36″ | 8-15 lb. | Mod-Fast Action | Medium-Heavy Power | 5.5 Tip | 0.249 Butt

#CIB-50MH-MHX Rod Specs: 50″ | 8-15 lb. | Mod-Fast Action | Medium-Heavy Power | 6.0 Tip | 0.255 Butt


Find Your Favorite Ice Blank in Rod Kits!

What’s the best way to guarantee your ice fishing rod is ready to go? Well that’s simple… build it yourself!

Choosing from the latest, greatest, and most trusted selection of ice rod components, these ice rods can be customized for the grip you find most comfortable, the length your application demands, and of course, the fish you want to catch.

The MHX Turnkey Ice Rod Kit

The MHX Turnkey Ice Rod Kit is great for beginners and seasoned ice fisherman alike because it offers all the tools and supplies necessary to build 3 incredible custom ice rods all in one simple kit!

Including 3 different ice rod blanks, this kit allows you to build a 26” ultra-light and extra-fast fiberglass blank, a 26” light and fast solid carbon blank, and a 30” light and fast solid carbon blank.

Each MHX ice blank features a sensitive, color-coded tip that makes bite detection easier than ever, while harboring enough power in the mid-butt section to haul up any fish.

Along with the rod blanks, you get 3 premium cork grips and guide layouts, 2 spools of ProWrap Thread, a CRB Hand Wrapper, ProKöte & ProPaste epoxy, and all the supplies and tools you need to build 3 of the meanest ice rods on the market.

If you’re looking for a place to start in ice fishing or an easy way to build up your ice rod arsenal, the MHX Turnkey Ice Rod Kit is by far the best bet.

More Ice Rod Kits and Handle Options

Whether getting into smaller panfish and crappie, mid-range bass and walleye, or larger lurking fish like pike and musky, you can build an ice rod tailored to your application, budget, and comfort for a truly unbeatable experience.

When it comes to comfort, each ice rod kit gives you choice between a number of custom handle setups. Part of the beauty of rod building, is the ability to customize every component, especially the handle assembly.

Check out the handle selection available for each of the following Multi-Option Ice Rod Kits:

MHX Solid Carbon Ice Rod Kit

If you are an ice fisherman looking for sensitivity, durability, and the right power to get fish up on the ice, the MHX Solid Carbon Ice Rod Kits are made for you.

From the blank’s length and power to the rod’s handle assembly and guides, simply choose what specifications will maximize your fish count in every application.

Starting with the MHX solid carbon ice rod blank, there is a range of lengths and powers to match your fishery. Available in length’s from 24” to 42” and powers from Ultra-Light up to Medium-Heavy, these solid carbon blanks offer any ice angler the combination their fishing demands.

Although there are plenty of options in blanks, each MHX blank shares the brightly colored green tip for immediate alerts for fish strikes.

Whether actively hole hopping, working a flash spoon, or dead sticking for bites, there are solid carbon ice rod blanks designed to perform for you.

Start building your MHX Solid Carbon Ice Rod now!

CRB Solid Glass Ice Rod Kit

When it comes to ice fishing, it can be challenging to target specific species of fish and rather, you catch what’s biting. While fish may vary, the CRB Solid Glass Ice Rod provides a balance of sensitivity and durability with a medium power to serve a variety of anglers and techniques.

From the blank’s length to the rod’s handle assembly and guides, ice fisherman can choose what specifications mean most to their fishing performance.

Considering the CRB Solid Glass Ice Blanks are available in length’s from 24” to 39”, you have plenty of options in length that match with the medium power for a versatile rod up for any challenge on the ice.

Although there are plenty of options in lengths, each CRB blank includes vivid orange tips for immediate strike alerts that increase hook ups across all applications.

Each kit allows you to choose your handle style and guide color, and they all include a CRB solid glass rod blank with orange tip to help with strike visibility. From jigging a flash spoon to dead sticking and everything in between, these CRB Solid Glass ice rod kits are designed to perform.

Each lightweight, high-performance ice rod will certainly catch as many fish as it will looks from your buddies, so get to building your cool new CRB Solid Glass Ice Rod here…

CRB Deluxe Tubular Graphite Ice Rod Kit

For ice fisherman looking for a mid-range power yet still need a specific length, the CRB Deluxe Tubular Graphite merges a lightweight, durable construction with multiple length options and a medium-light power for a high-quality performance on the ice.

With the variety of ice fishing techniques available and number of fish biting at any time, this kit uses the graphite blank to establish a tactical sensitivity, durability, and performance. Backed by its medium-light power maintain hook sets and haul fish up through the ice.

From the blank’s length to the rod’s handle assembly and guides, ice fisherman can choose what specifications mean most to their fishing performance.

Besides its incredible sensitivity, the CRB Deluxe Tubular Graphite Ice Rod is available in length’s from 24” to 39” so you have plenty of options in length that are bolstered by a medium-light power to haul in fish. Each of these CRB blanks also feature a vivid orange tip for immediate strike alerts that increase the quality of hook ups and the number of fish landed.

Build the CRB Deluxe Tubular Graphite Ice Rod and see what you can pull up onto the ice!

CRB Brim Buster Ice Rod Kit

When ice fisherman demand the ultra-light power to keep lighter fish pinned but also want more variety in length to work different techniques, the CRB Brim Buster Ice Rod brings the best balance. Between the lightweight yet durable feel and the multiple available lengths, this kit makes for a high-quality rod that’s a ton of fun on the ice.

Designed for smaller fish, this ice rod kit makes catching lighter game a guaranteed good time. From the blank’s length to the handle assembly and components, you can choose what parts matter most on your custom ice rod.

The CRB Brim Buster is available in length’s from 17” to 36” so you have plenty of options in length while the ultra-light power helps maintain and land lighter fish. Each of these CRB blanks are designed with a vivid orange tip that works to notify you of even the softest bite.

For a great time fishing smaller species, check out the CRB Brim Buster Ice Rod Kit!


Build Your Own Custom Ice Fishing Rod

Ice fishing is unique an application as any and with so many different techniques, Mud Hole has worked diligently to assemble multi-option kits to fit the demands of every ice fisherman.

See what Ice Rod Kit will work best for you!





Don’t Miss Ice Ice Builds on Mud Hole Live!






Featured Demos:

  • How to Spine Small Diameter Blanks
  • Tips for Different Handle Setups
  • Glo-Wrap & High Vis Thread Wraps
  • Guide Selection & Spacing for Ice Rods
  • DIY Tool for Wrapping Ice Rod Tips

Watch for LIVE Q & A, NEW Products, and FREE GIVEAWAY PRIZES!

3rd Place | Ice Rod Handle Kit

2nd Place | MHX Ice Rod Blank + Glo-Wrap Thread

1st Place | MHX Turnkey Ice Rod Kit