Tag Archives: winter fishing

Follow the Migration for More Spring Crappie

BY: Don Wirth

THE TYPICAL SPRING CRAPPIE APPROACH is a no-brainer. You head for the backs of reservoir tributary arms, anchor, and drown minnows in sunken brushpiles, waiting for finicky spawning crappies to bite—all the while rubbing bows with scores of other anglers doing the same thing. Kentucky Lake guide Garry Mason (731-593-5429) takes a more proactive tack. He hits the water several weeks ahead of the crowds, casting lures along sunken highways that fat pre-spawn crappies travel to reach their shallow spawning grounds. It’s virtually the same strategy as that of professional bass anglers gunning for big largemouths in early spring. Soaking minnows is a meat-fishing game. Mason’s method, on the other hand, is geared toward those who’d rather tie into the crappie of a lifetime.

Cold Water Spinnerbait Tips

By: Mark Hicks

Pro bass fisherman Terry Butcher of Talala, Okla., catches his biggest wintertime bass by slow-rolling a spinnerbait in water as cold as 47 degrees. The prime time for this tactic is after a sunny warm front has baked the surface water for a few days. This draws bass up from deeper water and puts them in a feeding mode. Carefully casting to fallen trees is the key.

Trolling Crankbaits for Crappie

By: J. White

I have been asked by some of my good friends here on Crappie.com to share my experiences with trolling crankbaits over the last six years or so, and I am happy to do so. Just keep in mind though, this is just what has worked for me. There are a quite a few folks trolling crankbaits now, and I’m sure I could learn from a lot of them. Even though much of this has been discussed in post before, I hope putting it all in one place will help those of you who might just be getting started.

Before I get into specifics, first I’d like to talk a little about what I feel are some of the advantages of trolling crankbaits, for those of you who might be wondering why a person would even want to fish this way.

Chasing Spring Crappie From Florida to Canada

By: Matt Straw

If you planned on following the spring crappie bite from Florida to the far frontier in southern Canada this spring, sorry, you’re too late. I’m kidding. But I’m not. All will be explained as we track prespawn crappie movements from Florida to Canada, spotlighting unique and unusual tactics along the way.

Tactics morph gradually for spring crappies. The process unfolds over decades. Today, spider-rigging seems to predominate from the Atlantic to the Pacific along the southern tier of states. It’s been the primary tactic for so many and for so long it’s hard to remember things being done differently. What will the next transformation be? Some of the best crappie fishermen we know have a few suggestions.

KVD: Cold Water Cranking

BY: Steve Price

It’s a cold, overcast morning, and while everyone seems more concerned about choosing jig colors for the 43-degree water, Kevin VanDam is already tying on crankbaits. Three days later, the crankbaits have caught 43 ½ pounds of bass, more than all but two of the tournament competitors.

That particular event was the 2008 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, and although the event was won on a jig, VanDam’s performance underscored not only his own expertise as a crankbaiter but also the versatility of diving lures in cold water, a fact many bass anglers don’t realize.

10 Cold Water Crappie Tips

Bundle up because winter is the best time for crappie fishing.

During the colder months, schools of crappie gather together into larger groups, so once you find that perfect spot, you can literally sit back and catch one fish after another.
If you’re ready to brave the frigid temperatures to catch your limit in crappie, there’s some tried and true tips that the best anglers follow. Here’s our top 10 list:

Spring Crankbait Fishing: The Basics

BY: Mark Hicks

Spring and crankbaits go together like peanut butter and jelly. Wide wobbling big bodied baits that look like crawdads moving shallow and tight wiggling baits that look like shad are just what bass are looking for as the water warms and they move up to feed. Knowing where and when to use each bait is key to your success.

Spring Crappie Primer

By Paul Cañada

Springtime crappie fishing is a longstanding tradition in the Lone Star State. Anglers begin venturing out at most fisheries in February and March, and at local fuel stations, buckets of minnows edge out breakfast burritos as top sellers.

Fishing a minnow under a slip cork for slabs can trigger strong memories of childhood days and times spent with dad watching that bobber dance. Neighborhood kids running home after school, grabbing their Zebcos and a bucket and pooling their change for a dozen minnows — these were common sights in the old days. For many anglers, the springtime crappie spawn remains an annual event.