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OK guys so these past couple days it's got cold it's been snowing and blowing now today it's sunny no wind but it's still holding at about 22 degrees and tomorrow it's supposed to be in the the low 30s so I was just wondering do I start in the basins for panfish or do I go deep?

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AlwaysFishing23

I’d go basins or transition type areas ( 15-35 fow) start shallower and work your way out. Panfish will most likely be on the deeper end of the depths but maybe suspended out deep since were approaching mid winter now. Hope this helps you out. Good luck. 

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Look for where they will be feeding to find the most aggressive fish. I like to look for feeding flats soft bottom or weeds in 8-20 feet of water. I will go chase deep basin fish but only after checked the areas I mentioned before. Don’t be afraid to up size you tackle as that can eliminate some of the small fish. 

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It greatly depends on the lake.   Some lakes there is a shallow/weed panfish bite all winter long.  Others, the basin is where you want to be from the start of the ice season.  I like those mid depth flats near basin areas.  The fish using these flats tend to be larger and more aggressive more times than not.

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