If you’re looking for a fun transition between ice and open-water fishing, veteran guide and Lindy pro Jeff Sundin suggests taking a spring break along the shoreline of a lake holding trout or salmon.

“On Lake Superior’s North Shore, for example, Kamloops rainbow trout are cruising the banks before moving up into rivers to spawn,” he said. “You’ll also find coho salmon near shore this time of year.”

Other species of trout will also patrol the shallows early in the season looking for food.

Sundin’s favorite spots to connect with them are near incoming creeks and rivers, which are fish magnets this time of year. “You don’t have to be right in the tributary backwash,” he said. “Just in the vicinity.”

His strategy for bank fishing such areas is simple yet deadly.

“It’s not rocket science,” he laughed. “I start with the same spinning outfit I use for Lindy Rigging summer walleyes. A 7-foot, light action rod, small spinning reel and 6-pound mono are fine.”

Sundin suspends a black or white 1/16- to 1/8-ounce Lindy Fuzz-E-Grub beneath a Thill Wobble Bobber rated for ¼-ounce weight. “The slightly over-size bobber boosts casting distance,” he said.

“Thread a couple of waxworms on the jig and make a long cast,” he continued. “Let the jig settle and then let the Wobble Bobber do its job moving the bait. Even the slightest wave action will get the bobber rocking.”

Strikes are typically aggressive, and Sundin responds by tightening the line and setting the hook.

He notes that where two lines are legal, a second rod rigged with a nightcrawler on a Floating Lindy Rig can double your spring pleasure. “Toss it out, let it sink to bottom, then snug up the line so the rodtip reacts when you get a bite,” he said.

Such tactics are just the ticket for enjoying fine action for a spring salmonid smorgasbord, so be sure to follow Sundin’s lead and get out there to enjoy it.