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Offline sleddog1

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Locating Crappies
« on: Feb 07, 2019, 02:55 PM »
I fish a small 3-4 acre pond frequently, open water & Ice. There are nice Gills, 7"-8"Crappie 9" -11"& Bass,13"-20"even caught an 8" perch this year. I've never got into a good Crappie bite though. Usually 1 or 2 at a time. I may fish 3 or 4 times before catching another.
 The pond has some down timber,along #1, which of course holds fish. Consistently catch Bass & Bluegill with an occasional Crappie.
It is pretty much a bowl. Along the edges it's 3'-7' with short flats before going to 10'-12' then to the deepest of around 17'.
I have drilled & fished a lot of holes trying to locate them without success. As I'm hole hopping, the fish i mark & catch are the Gills. Never have caught or marked much in the deeper water.#4
Got any ideas?



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Re: Locating Crappies
« Reply #1 on: Feb 08, 2019, 01:42 PM »
In my experience with smaller bodies of water, the crappies tend to not school up.  So it is usual to typically only catch one or two or so.

My theory is that the crappies are roaming as since the food source is not concentrated in one area.

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Offline RyanW

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Re: Locating Crappies
« Reply #2 on: Feb 13, 2019, 03:29 PM »
In my experience with smaller bodies of water, the crappies tend to not school up.  So it is usual to typically only catch one or two or so.

My theory is that the crappies are roaming as since the food source is not concentrated in one area.

I fish a similar sized lake in my area but itís mostly 12-30 feet deep. Itís bowl shaped and spring fed. Relatively low fishing pressure. I agree with your statement about them roaming. In my lake, the fish can literally be anywhere at any given time because the food can be anywhere. It can be frustrating on the best of days because you think you have them wrangled in to a few areas and before you know it youíve drilled out the entire lake and are still having a hard time staying on them lol.
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Re: Locating Crappies
« Reply #3 on: Feb 13, 2019, 03:35 PM »
Also, for the OP, try bouncing a jig off the bottom of those deep holes you say arenít marking any fish. They could be tightly hugging the bottom and making your sonar read a false bottom when itís in fact fish. Have a rod ready with a little jig and one with a spoon. Iíve had ďempty holesĒ Iíve jigged with a tungsten and a spike and NOTHING happens at all. Zero marks whatsoever. Then I drop a small spoon (1/16-1/32) with a spike on each treble point or a small minnow and things start coming up from the bottom to investigate. Those holes certainly werenít empty.

You can drill holes till youíre blue in the face but at some point you have to start fishing. I struggle with that myself as Iím sure a lot of us do.
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