fishing whitefish in Green Bay
For me,very thin no-stretch line and a stiff rod and a typical slider rig. I have a St. Croix heavy rod and 3lb braid on the reel(4 lb on a second rod/reel).
This setup outproduces the same reel on a medium St Croix or a couple other medium sticks I've used.
Leave the whippy panfish stick in the truck.
You can't feel fish on the lighter sticks or they don't have the backbone (especially with line stretch) to set the hook in time when you DO feel fish....and my inclination for years has been to go with a lighter rod when fishing's tough.
My "aha" moment was when I downsized line from 8lb Powerpro to 3lb. I'd already put away the medium rod..The only thing was that the slider hook sometimes came unbuttoned from that thin line. I found solutions to that too.
I feel bad when I see posts by guys who traveled to SB only to catch 1 or 3 fish,or get skunked....Whitefish are feeding on gobies. Gobies are bottom feeding. If the bottom bait looks like a goby rooting around the bottom and the slider looks like something a goby has kicked up and is "floating" a bit up off bottom...and IF YOU CAN FEEL the very light pickup of a whitefish before it spits it back out...and your rod has enough backbone to set the hook in deep water...you won't likely be posting how you drove up for the weekend and went home with 3 fish.