Time is coming close to thinking of getting things ready for the early spring, going after Crappie. Most fishers will have forget this time of year for fishing for slabs and pan fish because of the unpredictable weather and water conditions. That could be your biggest mistake in missing some great fishing. Let’s take a look at why some decide not to in this time of year. The top problem that most see is the water conditions, water to clear, to muddy or to dingy. Let us see if we can give you some help to look past these condition and get out there and have fun and give you some proven plans for catching crappies under these conditions.
When you have clear try going with ultra-light tackle and 2 pound test line. The ultra thin line is practically invisible to the fish. Also you you will have to fish deeper to find the crappie. you can exspect the fish to be in the 10 to 15 foot range and as far as 22 feet. You can also troll with live minnow but keep the bait behind the boat about 75 feet as the Crappie are going to be spooky.
Muddy water can be the most difficult problem to over come but us need to remember you will have to change your method to produce fish. In muddy condition, Crappie will be holding near or even in weeds, rocks, logs and ledges. The method best to use is minnows and straight line. Really bump the minnows into the cover. Give scent a try in muddy water. You have to get the Crappie to notice your bait to get them to bit.
This sitution is not as dramatic as Clear and Muddy Water situations. You just have to adjust to the condition. Go with trolling with minnows but you canshorten the amount feet behind the boat to about 40 feet. If water temperature is above the magical 50 degree mark you will want to troll between 0.7 to 0.9 miles per hour and if the temperature is below 50 degress you want to slow down to 0.5 miles per hour. You will want to fish along creek and channel ledges with scattered cover or if on deep lake look for points with stumps.
So don’t miss out on getting those big Early Spring time Crappies just because of water conditions. Just remeber that you have to adjust to the condition and you to will be able to catch those Crappie.
Let’s go fishing and be save.
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