Late February is often a fine time to focus on bluegills and crappies in the abyss, but Lindy pro Bob Bohland reports that the recent warm weather and ensuing snowmelt has sparked a green revolution among many Lindy Land panfish.

“When the snow goes off the ice, shallow vegetation starts greening up,” he said. “Coupled with improving oxygen levels from incoming meltwater and an increase in bug hatches, it brings sunfish and crappies back to the shallows.”

Depth varies by lake, but greenery lying in six to 12 feet of water is a perennial producer, he says. “Look for shallow weedbeds that produced panfish at first ice,” he advised.

When targeting such areas, Bohland likes a Lindy Bug tipped with waxworms or eurolarvae. “The combo does a great job of imitating the bugs that are coming up right now,” he said, noting that jigs in shades of orange and brown have been hot in clear water lately.

He cautions that with panfish still in the midwinter doldrums, you don’t want an overly aggressive presentation. “You could throw down a Rattl’n Flyer Spoon to attract the fish, but then tone things down with the Bug,” he explained.

Bohland’s Lindy Bug sleight of hand hinges on subtly shaking the jig. “Not a lot, just like your hand is cold,” he said.

When he finds an active school of fish gathered in a small area such as an isolated weedbed, Bohland hunkers down in a portable fish house and sight fishes.

“But more often you’re on the move, hole-hopping to find scattered fish,” he said. “For this, I kick slush in the hole and stand back with a 40-inch rod.”

The long rod engenders stealth and mobility, and spreads line stress across a longer surface, so you can fish light lines with ease.

“It also allows me to swing fish topside in a hurry,” he said. And that, in the end, makes for an enjoyable day on the ice.