Fished one of the back channel cricks off of Lake Erie yesterday for a few hours before dark, and every ten minutes or so the shiners would come under the hole and flood the bottom three feet on the Vexilar screen. The bluegill we were catching got lost in the marks of baitfish. Moved my Northland tungsten Jig up about two foot above the fray and it was game on for what turned into a nice mess of crappie.
They were following the baitfish through the back channel and when they saw the jig dancing above the bait they just hammered it. Some dove straight down and others popped the spring bobber on the way up. As soon as I got them on the ice, I had the line on my St. Croix on the way back down. Had a really nice flurry of action going on for the last two hours.
If your screen lights up and the gills shut down, give this tactic a whirl and you will be surprised at the results.