Jeremy Smith and Mike Hehner track down and catch a load of late ice panfish while offering up a few tips and tricks along the way.
Late Ice Panfish
Towards the end of the ice season, bluegills and crappies begin the move out of the basins and head towards the shallows.
During this time, you can often find giant schools and fish that are hungry and aggressive.
When looking for these late season panfish, one of the first places you should start is at any green weed beds. If you can find standing green weeds, you can almost guarantee that panfish will be close by. We like to use the Aqua Vu Mirco Revolution 5.0 Pro to find and locate fish.
We aren’t dropping a line down until we have located the school.
Once you have the school located, utilize small jigs with plastic or small hard baits like the Rapala Slab Rap to target the biggest fish in the school.