By Dan Johnson

More than a month after unusually cold weather had diehard iceman Bob Bohland hoofing it across his favorite central-Minnesota honeyholes, the Lindy pro staffer and noted panfish assassin reports unseasonably warm temperatures and a lack of snow are affecting his bluegill game going into the holidays.

“I fished four lakes and drilled 500 holes last Saturday, and only caught a handful of bluegills from classic December hotspots such as mid-depth weeds and sticky-bottom basins,” he says. “It was brutal. The few fish I was able to coax into biting came off bottom in 32 feet of water.”

Bohland theorizes that clear ice and no snowcover have made the bluegills more than a little gun-shy.

“A lot of fish are still hanging around shallow green weeds, which are healthier than normal for this time of winter because of the conditions,” he says. “But the fish are so wary you have to really limit your noise and movement to have any shot at all.”

On the flip side, the night bite for crappies is on fire.

“I went back out on Sunday night from 4:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and caught them one after another,” he smiles. “As long as my Lindy Frostee was glowing, the fish were biting.”

Tipped with a pair of waxworms, the time-tested jig appealed to crappies suspended 3 to 10 feet off bottom in 25 feet of water over a basin just off a sand flat.

“It was great,” Bohland said. “It was revenge for the slow fishing on Saturday.”

That’s not to say he’s throwing in the towel on daytime bluegills, however.

“A little snowcover should have them back in a biting mood,” he says, adding that a Lindy Bug in shades of orange-and-brown or black-and-green will be his weapon of choice for holiday slabs. “I’ll start by loading the Bug with as many waxworms as possible, then downsize if need be.”

As for presentation, Bohland favors fast shaking to call ‘gills in for a closer look, followed by more subtle gyrations to close the deal.