That should work as long as you use a short rod. The reason that ice rods are so short is because you want to be over the hole and not 6 feet back from it. As long as you can break open an old hole somehow it should work. Get yourself some fathead minnows.
Light line and light jigs. I have heard there are perch there, so you may be on the right track with minnows. And good luck with finding old holes. They refreeze really hard. Might want to bring a hatchet or something, but be careful if you do!