Lindy Land is rich in destinations where you can consistently put crappies on ice. Anglers seeking fast action for super-size slabs, however, often need to look a little harder.

Veteran icewater panfish stalker Jeff Sundin is no stranger to targeting crappies on big lakes in his north-central Minnesota stomping grounds. But one of his favorite approaches for hooking up with true slabs is fishing overlooked lakes other anglers miss.

The search starts online. Sundin scours state fisheries department websites, plus a variety of other state, federal and county resources for leads on out-of-the-way honeyholes.

“I look for crappie lakes less than 100 acres in size, with no public ramps, launch points or major snowmobile trails leading in to them,” he explained. In an ideal world, he can park his truck and hoof it across public land to reach the lake.

He zeroes in on lakes with a limited amount of structure. “It’s easier to find fish fast in a lake with one major hole, one point and one weed flat,” he said. Sundin also travels light, carrying a few rods, small supply of waxies or minnows, auger, sonar and small tackle box.

Once on location, he adheres to a three-step lure progression. Metal marvels including the Lindy Frostee Spoon and slow-falling but flashy Quiver Spoon are dropped first. These baits attract attention and trigger aggressive crappies to reveal their location.

For less active fish, he throws down a small, horizontal-hanging jig like Lindy’s Tungsten Toad, tipped with a single waxworm. To tempt a school’s staunchest skeptics into striking, he switches to a Frostee Jig and minnow presentation.