It comes and goes usually before Christmas – first ice. That fabled period where fish remain in autumn feeding mode, and now you can stand right over their heads. The deer is processed, and you have the perfect place to gnaw on the venison jerky – from the toasty innards of a portable fish house, or maybe chewing and stretching your legs exploring on foot. Either way, there won’t be a better bite until winter’s end – last ice.


In one big brain dump, Nick Lindner shares his proven baits and tactics for maximizing the moment. In this video, he covers:

Buck-Shot Spoon

  • Multispecies lure
  • Activating the Rattles
  • Whipping to Jiggling

Glo-Shot Fire-Belly Spoon

  • Lowlight Use
  • Dark Water Killer

Buck-Shot Coffin Spoon

  • Loud and Proud
  • Pairing with a Deadstick

Forage Minnow Jig

  • Tough bites
  • Secret Trick Revealed!

Puppet Minnow

  • Draws Fish In
  • Giant Radius
  • Clear Bodies of Water
  • Multiple Actions

Rippin Shad

  • Super Loud
  • Big Profile
  • How to Work It