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Is it more productive to chase the crappie, or stay-put and try to call them in?

Iím usually very impatient, and will move if Iím not marking fish within 15 minutes of dropping the transducer. However, this weekend dragging the flip-over through wet snow really slowed me down. I feel like I did just as well (if not better) sticking with the hole, and calling the crappie in with a rattle bait.

Depends how I feel when I'm on the ice by myself or if I have my son with me so he can do all the heavy lifting. :unsure:

find the area where they are at and turn it into swiss cheese. they are roaming. once I find them, I fish the hole. when they are gone and I can't bring them back, I move to the next hole. if nothing, I move in a circular pattern. eventually, you will find them. Yes, I always go back to the hot hole to dbl check

I usually start by drilling about ten holes.  Then I hole hop with my flasher until I find fish.  I'll sit on them for about fifteen minutes and If I don't get any or if its really slow, I'll move to another hole where fish have been marked.  I have sat in one hole before and the fish come and go.  It just depends on how long they are making me wait.  Like you, I'm not that patient.  Well, lets put it this way, I go through, not being able to sleep the night before, getting up early, loading all my gear, drilling holes etc. etc. etc., to catch fish!  If its not happening I'm moving.  If I can't find active fish where I start, I'll move to a different part of the lake ie. deeper, shallower, out of a bay and onto a point etc.  However, I always, always, always, go back to holes where I have caught fish.  I can usually catch another couple or more after letting the area settle down some!

It depends upon the type of lake I fish.  One lake has little structure and the fish roam a lot.  So I move quite often.  Another lake has too much structure.  So when I get on a brush pile I'll stay until the bite slows down than move. 


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