First-ice walleyes aren’t far away on lakes in the northern reaches of Lindy Land, and Lindy pro staffer Jason Feldner offers a two-fisted tactic just in time to help you cash in on the early season bonanza.

The hard-fishing guide, who operates Perch-Eyes Outfitters on the High Plains paradise of Devils Lake, North Dakota, gravitates toward gravel shorelines and shallow humps for his initial hardwater forays.

There, he plies preferred presentations including a one-two punch consisting of Lindy Darters and Rattl’n Flyer Spoons.

When throwing down Darters, he ties on a 2-inch Perch- or Red Glow-pattern model. While Darters are deadly flying solo, it’s worth noting Feldner often tips the leading tine of the lure’s front treble with a minnow head, cropped right behind the gills, for added scent and taste.

Feldner favors ¼-ounce Rattl’n Flyers in similar colors, and tips them with either a minnow head or whole minnow, depending on the fish’s preference at the moment.

Aggressive ’eyes call for a minnow hooked under the dorsal fin so it can wiggle around as you slowly raise and lower it. Tight-lipped fish are suckers for a minnow head bounced in place.

To boost his odds of a hookup, Feldner fishes a live minnow hooked on a Lindy Frostee in a second hole.

“This deadstick setup tempts fish that move in to check out the jigging theatrics but aren’t hungry enough to pull the trigger on it,” he said.

The approach works wonders across the Ice Belt. As for Feldner’s home waters of Devils Lake, he says the legendary fishery is flush with walleyes of all sizes—“from peanuts to 8 pounders.”

Yellow perch are also abundant, including more than a few sag-bellied fish of epic proportions.  Early in the season, however, Feldner focuses on shoreline walleyes because perch haven’t gathered in their predictable deep-water haunts quite yet.

“Perch roam the shallows at first ice,” he said. “They can be tough to track down and stay on top of until they move deeper later on.”