Nick Linder breaks down the basics of basin crappies

BEMIDJI, Minn.– We’re squarely in midwinter. Lion’s share of the crappies you targeted in the bays and weedy shallows have drifted offshore. Skinny water is becoming more sterile as vegetation dies-off and subsurface water temps dip – the warmer water now deep, ranging around 39-degrees.

Another phenomenon that occurs in late January into February and March is the animation of larval insects, such as bloodworms, on mud and marl basins. Joining them is a circus of zooplankton rising and falling in the water column, moving up as the sun goes down.

In this episode, Northland’s Nick Lindner demonstrates how to locate and catch deep crappies, rejecting the notion that the dead-of-winter is the buzzkill for ice fishing success. 

Lindner employs Northland’s Tungsten Punch™ Jig, with its increased weight-to-size ratio. Due its novel head design, Northland was able to achieve a fall rate 20% faster than traditional tungsten. Faster fall rate means quick-to-the-fish, intense action when paired with plastics or live bait, and a new way to fish smaller jigs deeper. A premium wide-gap hook ensures you don’t just get to the fish fast, but you hook them just as quickly. Tungsten Punch™ Jigs are available in 3 sizes (1/12 oz., 1/20 oz., and 1/32 oz.) and 8 different fish-catching colors. Each pack contains two (2) Tungsten Punch™ Jig’s per card.