Spring is in full swing here in the Midwest. Being that most gamefish are closed this time of year and everyone is anxious to get in their boats, it’s a perfect time of year to chase after some nice panfish. I have been on multiple lakes in the past week, the water temperature is ranging from 48-52 degrees. Last night (4/19/17) my girlfriend and I decided to go on a panfish adventure. The lake that we were on was 52 degrees.

This time of year, I like to start deep and work my way shallow when searching. I go to where I last caught them ice fishing and search in that general area. On the lake I was fishing, the deep basin is roughly 30 feet. There is a nice sharp break up to 4 feet of water. The crappies and bluegills were in 6-9 feet. They are beginning to stage on steep breaks, getting ready to jump up into the shallows to begin searching for a place to spawn.

Being that they were spread out along 6-9 foot of water, I decided to use the Impulse Live Rigged Paddle Minnow. This worked great as a search bait for the crappies, it covered a lot of water and allowed me to find where the schools of crappies were staging. This bait has a great kicking action, even at slower speeds. Good luck out there everyone!

Austin Williams

Northland Fishing Tackle Pro-Staff

Lakes Area Outdoors

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