Phil6, thanks for your question, I come from a European fishing background in the 70's and 80's so my approach since I have been in the US the past 21 years is to fish European style, which means long pole, light lines and very small hooks. Hair rigs have now become more common place but I tend to stick to with a single hook down to size 22 which is very very small but needed this time of year as fish are very shy. I caught the 8lbs carp at Tempier on 3lbs main line, 1lb 8oz hook length and size 20 hook, fishing a pole at 9 meters. The Forest Preserve Lakes as we know are very hard, so by fishing very light with a single red spike, worm or corn will catch this time of year. I have had largemouth, bluegill and crappie on this method, as well as carp. Another method that works in the cold and very clear water is chumming liquidized white bread crumb, fishing with corn or spikes over the top. Tight lines.