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Author Topic: Crappie Fishing Questions  (Read 11085 times)

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Crappie Fishing Questions
« on: Dec 16, 2008, 04:20 PM »
I think this Winter I want to try to target Crappies and I have a few questions . If you have any suggestions please feel free to pipe in.

1. Are they a minnow only species or can you catch them with grubs/wigglers, etc.?
2. Do you try to hunt them down on the ice or fish over good structure and wait for the school to come to you?
3. Are there preferred times during the day to fish?  Can you fish for them at night?

Thank you for all your help in advance and Merry Christmas! 

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #1 on: Dec 16, 2008, 04:22 PM »
I have my best luck with minnows.

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #2 on: Dec 16, 2008, 04:23 PM »
i fish them at nite with minnows get um every time .theres other ways but ya cant go wrong with minnows find 1 find a bunch.

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #3 on: Dec 16, 2008, 04:29 PM »
...I have had the best luck with minnows....fish usually start biting at sunset and are active through the night. Crappie are usually suspended...early ice they are closer to the bottom since the water is warmer. A lantern close to the hole will help.

I have also had some luck using a Shrimpo, black or chartreuse,  with and without a wax worm.




My bait always catches fish...or dies trying.

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #4 on: Dec 16, 2008, 04:35 PM »
i set up on an opening to a small bay on the lake as the sun is going down with minnows and when the crappie move into the small bay i hammer them


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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #5 on: Dec 16, 2008, 04:42 PM »
Crappie are known to be night biters, but that doesnt mean you wont catch them in the middle of the day.  They normally congragate in large schools, sometimes hundreds at once. Minnows are the gold standard for crappie fishing but they will eat waxies, spikes, mousies, pretty much anything.  They are also know to suspend in deeper water.  In mid winter they often congragate in the 30 to 40 deep basins of the lake.  Drill holes around the edge of the basisn and fish for a moment in each hole with a good sonar unit.  Most of the time you will be able to see fish on the screen before your bait enters the water.  Those marks are usually crappies.  When you find them, catch em untill the action slows, the continue around the deep basins to follow the school around.  Good luck! 8)

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #6 on: Dec 16, 2008, 05:06 PM »
maybe im just weird because i catch 99% of my crappie during the day... and on things other than minnows- minnows work but i dont bother with em
Another crappie.........yay!

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #7 on: Dec 16, 2008, 06:31 PM »
Find them suspended at dark, get the latern next to the hole. I'll seach for them but once you get on them you can be on them for a while. Use minnows from a good bait shop, some minnows you get are on the verge of death, you want good active minnows. The crappie seem like they attack a good minnow.
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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #8 on: Dec 16, 2008, 07:16 PM »
in my experience,,,,if i'm fishing during mid day, i like to jig a hali with either a waxie or butterworm, i start from the bottom and work my way up. for late afternoon into the night i like a jig tipped with a minnow, and after dark i have found it works pretty good to have a lantern next to your hole.

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #9 on: Dec 16, 2008, 07:45 PM »
Fo those of you that use minnows, how do you hook them? Through the lips or the back?
Thanks for the info.

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #10 on: Dec 16, 2008, 07:49 PM »
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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #11 on: Dec 16, 2008, 07:52 PM »
I hook mine through the eyes results in more hook ups.Learned this from an old timer.sorry dad ;D

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #12 on: Dec 16, 2008, 07:54 PM »
Never heard abot hookin through the eyes. I guess I will have to try that one. Thanks.

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #13 on: Dec 16, 2008, 08:26 PM »
I hook them on the top inline with the fin,not through it.
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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #14 on: Dec 16, 2008, 08:30 PM »
what do the lanterns do?

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #15 on: Dec 16, 2008, 09:26 PM »
what do the lanterns do?

Anytime your night fishing, whether it be for crappie/smelt or other species the idea behind the light shining down the hole is to draw in plankton.  This hopefully will draw in baitfish and in turn draw in more of the targeted specie of fish.

I too love fishing for crappie at night although you can catch them during the day too. They are usually most active after sunset and right before sunrise, but they can be active all night. I have found minnows work best either baited through back just behing dorsal fin or through the lips. Be sure to try other baits such as spikes/waxworms because they may sometimes work too.  A vexilar/marcum/other flasher will help to find them, especially if the are suspended. 

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #16 on: Dec 16, 2008, 09:42 PM »
I think this Winter I want to try to target Crappies and I have a few questions . If you have any suggestions please feel free to pipe in.

1. Are they a minnow only species or can you catch them with grubs/wigglers, etc.?
2. Do you try to hunt them down on the ice or fish over good structure and wait for the school to come to you?
3. Are there preferred times during the day to fish?  Can you fish for them at night?

Thank you for all your help in advance and Merry Christmas! 

If you want to try them at night a submersible light works great.
Here is a good sight to buy one, and if you do get one it will double if you ever want to go for smelt.

http://www.fishinglightsetc.com/AquaStarcombo-IV.html

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #17 on: Dec 16, 2008, 10:00 PM »
Fo those of you that use minnows, how do you hook them? Through the lips or the back?
Thanks for the info.
i've had good luck hooking through the front

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #18 on: Dec 16, 2008, 11:22 PM »
if you have the means take a sealed head light off a car and hook it up to a battery stick it in the hole same Principal as the lantern only 100's of time better. attracts fish from all over the lake.

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Re: Crappie Fishing Questions
« Reply #19 on: Dec 17, 2008, 05:20 AM »
 I've had good luck at sunrise as well as sunset. One of our best days was during a severe thunderstorm! The thunder was so loud the ice was shake'n! Crazy! They seem to be spooky, when they start bite'n be quiet as possible!
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