Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Crappies in winter

The mouths of shallow bays, where they join the main lake, are the spots to look for, especially if there is deep water in the immediate area. Deep water may be defined by depths of fifteen feet, or more, and preferably deeper.
To find out if there’s any crappies in the neighborhood, scan the entire area with an electronic depth finder, and look for a group of fish, holding off the bottom. Crappies spend most of their lives suspended, and are easily marked. They tend to hold tightly together, and move in unison, as a school, or pack.
Finding first ice crappies is the tough part, while catching them, is usually easy. However, there are a few things to consider, when putting together a first ice game plan.
Although crappies have the ability to forage on a variety of food sources, finding exactly what they want on any given day, is the challenge. The key is being prepared to offer them a couple of dining options.
Minnows are the standard, and it usually pays to have a few with. Smaller crappie minnows are the ticket, and can be rigged below a small float with a plain hook, or tiny ice fly. The problem with the rig is the fact that it is a little too slow, especially when fish are on the move.
A better option may be using a small jigging spoon, tipped with a piece of minnow. Another option would be the use of a tiny jig, tipped with a waxie, minus the float.

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