Sometimes when searching for active panfish, I like to use 1/8 oz Northland Thumper Jig to cover a lot of water fast.
You can dial in an area of active fish based off of catching or even getting a few hits. Once a general area is established, switching to vertical jigging can be out of this world.
Today we found those active fish and they were hungry! The boys had a blast lifting these 11 inch perch into the boat and it was a day to remember.