Banjwagon the channels had ice on them still this afternoon so not a lot of action as far as shallows go but theres no reason you couldn't get into the pre-spawn crappies if you know where to look Just think ICE FISHING!
I really want to learn this lake better this year - it is only 30 miutes from home. I just bought a boat last spring and spent a few days on her last year with plans to do more this year. I have studied the map over an over, and read numerous past reports. Did not have too much success last year but know it is a good fishery and you gotta pay your dues on any body of water. Any tips would be great. Thanks and tight lines. Sully
Like Doug said it's a great summer technique pretty much all across the board just using different styles of hooks and baits! Don't be afraid to upsize your hook as stated you'll get bigger gills sometimes but the main thing is you'll get a better hook up ratio on the bigger species! One big thing I like to do the most with this setup is running an in line swivel about 16 inches above the drop shot hook to prevent line twist ??
I use some inline bladed w/ beads snells from Eagle Claw with a slip/egg sinker. I would recommend using a stiffer tip type panfish rod or light action 6.5-7' walleye rod. I toss it over the tops or though the weeds and reel it slowly. Managed bigger gills all year with that set up. Almost a guarantee to catching big gills and bass.
Edit: Doug is right it is more of a Summer rig. Walleye will also hit that rig at times too.