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Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« on: Dec 21, 2011, 04:22 PM »
I fish a lot for perch and pickerel through ice. Recently found lake that seems to hold nice population of crappie. Caught some decent ones in summer. How should i fish them? I assumed glow jig with mousie or spike. Or maybe tip up with minnow, any suggestions?

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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #1 on: Dec 21, 2011, 08:29 PM »
Slender spoons,  little cecils,  and buckshot spoons work well, along with plastics.

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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #2 on: Dec 21, 2011, 08:30 PM »
I catch a lot of nice one last season on Chubby Darters...

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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #3 on: Dec 21, 2011, 09:01 PM »
Find the food source/feeding area and  put something that imitates it in their face. Usually horizontal jigs/plastics, Darters, Raps or spoons

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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #4 on: Dec 22, 2011, 04:31 AM »
Break out the lantern

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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #5 on: Dec 22, 2011, 05:28 AM »
Puy your line in the water!!!

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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #6 on: Dec 22, 2011, 05:42 AM »
 Start by cutting 100-200 yrd. troughs in the ice.. Now you can properly troll your bait..  ::) Once you figure out what they want, you can vary your trolling speed by how fast you run beside the troughs.. ;D
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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #7 on: Dec 22, 2011, 06:17 AM »
Run beside? Isn't that what you sled or 4 wheeler is for? Boy, I must be doing it wrong...

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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #8 on: Dec 30, 2011, 09:57 AM »
Over the years the small size 2 silver jiggin Rapala has consistently produced for me.

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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #9 on: Jan 20, 2012, 01:41 PM »
Here in WNY I use a small bare hook with a shiner hooked slightly by the lips so it swims around a lot, if the minnow dies, put a live one on...I also use an easily sinkable slip bobber, the Crappie get real finicky it seems, so for me simple and light seems to work the best...Spring and through the ice.  We need some ice so I can go out and catch some  >:(
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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #10 on: Jan 25, 2012, 07:19 AM »
6mm Wolfram tungsten jig tipped with a crappie minnow or 2 to 3 waxies.




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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #11 on: Jan 25, 2012, 07:24 AM »
i always fish at night for them and u use a hali tipped with a grub/spike/minnow. but they seem to get more agresive at night

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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #12 on: Jan 25, 2012, 07:49 AM »
main lake basin adjacent to spawning ground using northland forage spoon tipped w/ fathead minnow head a proven producer here in lake country!!







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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #13 on: Jan 25, 2012, 08:08 AM »
I do well with a horizontal jig tipped with a few spikes.

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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #14 on: Jan 28, 2012, 02:52 PM »
My best catches have all come on the same set-up.  A large banna style jig that glows green tipped with an emerald shiner that is hooked just under the dorsal fin.  This jig is fished on a slip float system were I use a large ice'n'fly thill float and set my depth with a small rubber band knotted to the line.  I usually begin to target crappie 1-2 hours before dark and fish into the night. I like to keep the jig glowing by putting it in front of a LED light every 15-20 minutes or so.  Additionally, my preference is to use 6 lb. flouro with a short heavy action rod, since the bobber indicates the bite and I like to quickly pull the fish out of the hole.  This set-up works extremely well at night just make sure the rod you use has large eyelets to avoid icing and to easily reel the knotted rubber band into the spool.

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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #15 on: Jan 28, 2012, 08:01 PM »
I do well with a horizontal jig tipped with a few spikes.


Same here.  ;)

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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #16 on: Feb 04, 2012, 12:25 PM »
I also like to use a Swedish Pimple #2 or #3 tipped with 3 waxies.




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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #17 on: Feb 16, 2012, 12:36 PM »
As much fun as jigging is, it's still hard to beat tip downs with a crappie minnow. I use 2 tip downs and jig with one rod and have to say the tip downs out produce at least 3 to 1 what I can jig.
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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #18 on: Feb 19, 2012, 09:40 PM »
Couple of nice Manitoba slabs.  Best way to catch crappie through ice?  Some might accuse us of being biased, so just check out the March / April edition of In-Fisherman.  Great article on monster crappie.  Good read.


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Re: Best way to catch crappie through ice?
« Reply #19 on: Oct 11, 2012, 12:00 PM »

Same here.  ;)
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