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Target Mid-Depth Flats For The Lake's Biggest Panfish

Target Mid-Depth Flats For The Lake's Biggest Panfish

Every summer and early fall, super-size panfish in northern natural lakes gravitate toward mid-depth flats to feast on an underwater buffet that includes worms, insects, crustaceans and baitfish.

Fishermen who target these slabs of late summer are richly rewarded with some of the biggest panfish their lake has to offer.

Mid-sized natural lakes ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand acres in size are my favorite places to tap this bite. They offer a predictable structural progression that includes shallow water, a breakline, a weed edge somewhere along the break, and the main basin...