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potatoe

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Having trouble finding them
« on: Dec 21, 2016, 08:03 PM »
Fishing a familiar lake that we only ice fish, fishing in same location where we caught both bluegill and crappie. This year we have only caught a few crappie and mostly bluegill.

Fishing in 13 ft water, using same line and basically same jigs with waxworms. We are still new to the sport but find it interesting that the crappie are not there like last year.

It is early fishing this year vs last year - so wondering if they are deeper or just in a new location.

will take any advice

panfishman13

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Re: Having trouble finding them
« Reply #1 on: Dec 22, 2016, 12:53 AM »
during the day, crappie can move around in small schools. this early in the season, you should focus on weed patches, the weeds will still be green which attracts plankton; this in turn attracts small fish, which attracts and holds crappie.

first thing you should do is move around. any time you're not catching crappies for more than 15 minutes, you need to pack up and find another spot, namely a weed patch or hump/sand bar. stick to 15 foot of water or shallower, as crappies don't generally go deeper than that this early in the season. (that said, be prepared to shake it up if you're not finding anything.)

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Re: Having trouble finding them
« Reply #2 on: Dec 22, 2016, 07:26 AM »
Its times like that when a camera comes in real handy. If ya dont have one. You have to go on the hunt. panfisherman13 nailed it.
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Re: Having trouble finding them
« Reply #3 on: Dec 22, 2016, 04:45 PM »
If your fairly confident in your location, drill your holes & wait till after dark. Try a small  1/16  or 1/8 oz glow jig tipped with what you like to use, dont make noise on the ice. Night time is crappie time

potatoe

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Re: Having trouble finding them
« Reply #4 on: Dec 22, 2016, 09:54 PM »
Thanks guys, never thought of a camera or fishing at night.

We probably need to move more also, we are not the most portable unit out there.

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Re: Having trouble finding them
« Reply #5 on: Dec 24, 2016, 08:58 AM »
if its a small lake it might be that it has gotten to much fishing pressure from the following year. allot of people think that a small body's of water will produce lots of fish year after year, but if it is heavily fished you might have to look for new spots or fish allot of holes to find them.
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Re: Having trouble finding them
« Reply #6 on: Dec 24, 2016, 04:12 PM »
We found a few Friday, fished the exact same spot and almost the same bait. I put on a Maki plastic for something new but my son had the same jig. Crappie were coming in and out and we landed a few nice ones. Not sure how to explain the difference but weather and time maybe.

 


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