Ok I just went out and tried a few small ponds by my house that never get fished. I know that they have fish because during the summer I have seen a few good bass come out of them. They are a good six to eight feet deep and are not spring fed. The water was so clear that I could see a good five feet down I was making my move around the ice trying to find the fish when I had my fishing poll pulled down into the hole. I did get a good laugh. Overall I didnt have much success but Im wondering if Im fishing for bluegills then I shouldnt be using minnows right? It should be something like wax worms? In the end I was using minnows that were a good 2-3 inches long and the action was slow. One more thing I was pulling weed up from the bottom when I was checking how deep the water was.