Fishing pressure is tapering off on many panfish lakes in Lindy Land, but there are still plenty of opportunities to go out and catch a mess of fish.

Take the crappie crankbait bite, for example.

Trolling small cranks is a great way to connect with large schools of crappies roaming deep water offshore. And don’t be intimidated by the open-water aspect, because it’s actually one of the easiest ways around to put fish in the boat.

Fish Ed host Jon Thelen outlines his crappie trolling tactics in an online episode you can watch below. 

In a nutshell, he longlines size 3 Lindy River Rockers to clean up on crappies in heavily pressured fisheries.

“They’re about the right size, and have a big, wide profile that’s easy for crappies to home in on,” he says.

Depths vary. In Jon’s video, he tackles fish suspended five feet down in a lake that bottoms out at 14 feet. But in a deeper lake, don’t be surprised if the fish hold between 15 and 20 feet or more below the surface.

You probably won’t need any extra weight when targeting fish close to the “ceiling.” To strain depths beyond the River Rocker’s dive curve, however, adding a split shot, snap weight or small Lindy No-Snagg Sinker can help you hit the strike zone.

While the crappies are offshore, they still frequently relate to structure.

“Look for the last breakline before the main basin,” Thelen advises.

Additional key points to the program include using an up-tempo trolling pace—say, 1.7 to 2 mph or more—which Thelen explains triggers reaction strikes from crappies that are surrounded by forage.

He also recommends changing colors frequently, to keep up with crappies’ changing color preferences. “If you make a trolling pass and don’t get bit, change colors,” he says.

The trolling pattern is in play right now on a number of Lindy Land lakes. Once the fish quit chasing cranks, you can vertically dance a Lindy Rattln’ Flyer or other heavy metal standout above the fish, but that’s a story for another day.