In fall, crappies move to mid-depth basins from about 20 to 40 feet deep. Small #5 Jigging Rapalas are ideal for vertically fishing crappies in deep water.
Very recently, we published an article on fall crappies in lakes and reservoirs, stating how the fish dropped to middepth basins and structures after the fall turnover. These areas provide stable conditions and abundant forage for crappies during both fall and winter. Thus, it might surprise you when we now say that, in rivers, [Read more…]
In early fall, cooling water temperatures create chaos in the shallower water of lakes and reservoirs. Frigid rains and howling winds mix the surface layers, with the turbulence eventually reaching down to and disrupting the summer thermocline. Surface water temperatures plummeting from 65 F down to about 55 F indicate that the disruptive fall turnover [Read more…]
Dr. Jason Halfen shares some great tips for catching river panfish during the dog days of summer. Visit jasonhalfenoutdoors.com for more info from Jason.
Believe it or not, crappies are fairly predictable and easy to catch throughout the summer months if you understand their behavior. After spawning, crappies desert the extreme shallows. As they regroup and school in early summer, they typically relate to the deep outer weedline in natural lakes, or to flooded standing timber in reservoirs. [Read more…]
As water temperatures approach and rise above 60 F, crappies and bluegills sweep out pit-type nests for spawning. In natural lakes, crappies love to spawn in deep reedbeds; areas with dark bottom and thick, tangled overhead cover host some of the biggest fish in the lake. Use polarized sunglasses to peer into the deepest, thickest [Read more…]
Shallow crappies are both finicky and spooky, tucked within shallow weeds, reeds or wood cover. Polarized sunglasses reveal their location on calm, sunny days. The fish won’t chase fast-moving lures, but respond well to small jigs or livebaits dangled below bobbers.
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