March fishing trip
i agree with you. that is why i stated "for pike and bass". i didn't simply say just tipups. and i stated that exact line in response to the op who specified tipups for bass and pike in his post.
This always makes me laugh. The folly of believing you can't use tip-ups just because the gamefish season is closed. If you are targeting panfish then you are well within the rules. Hanging dead bait and 6 inch minnows under them is an issue, using smaller minnows or wax worms is not. Tip-ups are an exceptional tool when pursuing panfish but many don't even consider this thinking they are strictly a means of targeting gamefish.
Fishing in March for panfish is primetime. The later the better. If you are able to get out and fish a lot i would give the tip ups one last chance then spend the rest of the year chasing pannies.