Dead Lake suffers from hordes of small northerns. For walleyes I have had the best luck slip bobbering over rock piles, sit and wait for the fish to turn on vs trolling into so many small northerns. Pan fish can be good or better but you need to hit a good spot, lots of weed beds so find an inside corner near deep water.
I might hit Star Lake and try for some of those 8-10" sunfish there is a 5 fish limit. Try over deep rock piles for the biggest sunnies.For general fish try off the weedline of the SW bay.
This response is basically the same that i have gotten from family members up in the area. Tons of small northern.
I might have to swing on over to Star too.
When you say rock piles, a cousin of mine said there is a pretty good sized restaurant/windmill building and that you typically can find rock formations in that area. You know where I am talking about?