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avoiding gills to catch the crappies
« on: Jan 10, 2017, 08:25 AM »
On a lake I fish on, i want to target crappie.  In some of the weedy areas I fish, I can catch really nice gills with an occasional crappie, and I mean like 1 or 2 per day, mixed in.  Do I need to move to find more crappie concentrated?  Change offerings?  Is that just the way the ball bounces?  So if there are a couple crappie around, are there more and Im just not catching them, or are there just an occasional crappie mixed in with the blue gills.  Any thoughts?

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Re: avoiding gills to catch the crappies
« Reply #1 on: Jan 10, 2017, 08:33 AM »
On a shallow weedy flat can be tough as the fish of all species ...move through an area. Basin Crappies can be a lil easier ...fishing higher and/or bigger baits .. when you do catch a crappie...look to see which direction the line goes ...indicating the fish/schools movement ...then hole up in that direction when the bite is gone.
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Re: avoiding gills to catch the crappies
« Reply #2 on: Jan 10, 2017, 10:19 AM »
Got to agree with fishing higher. We do it all the time. Many guys just fish too deep for them. That said there are times when they are down low.
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Re: avoiding gills to catch the crappies
« Reply #3 on: Jan 11, 2017, 02:55 PM »
try spoons or minnows
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Re: avoiding gills to catch the crappies
« Reply #4 on: Jan 11, 2017, 02:56 PM »
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Re: avoiding gills to catch the crappies
« Reply #5 on: Jan 11, 2017, 11:12 PM »
Try getting out of the weeds. Go out on the weed edge and then work deeper looking for fish from a foot off bottom on up to just under the ice, they can suspend anywhere! Typically negative crappies sit in weeds/structure while active ones roam the edges.

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Re: avoiding gills to catch the crappies
« Reply #6 on: Jan 12, 2017, 05:57 AM »
I stopped tipping my jig with bait and the bluegill numbers went way down and crappie numbers went way up. If you're using a flasher, stay above the school a foot or two.
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