Winter fishing

Discussion in 'Crappie Fishing' started by Rohaus, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. Rohaus

    Rohaus Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys and gals ,I wanted to pick your brains about the effects of outside tempuratures on the crappie bite. I am just trying to learn as much as I can as I recently have started to crappie fish again. My only experienc is from from my youth with my Dad and Granddad and the only way we fished was with minnows. I would appreciate all the education you could give me.
     
  2. Catmanblues

    Catmanblues New Member

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    Steve not too sure of your area an catching crappie. I like to winter fish here in Ohio thru the ice for catfish,walleye, and saugeye. Good luck on the winter fishing!
     

  3. Swampfox.

    Swampfox. New Member

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    hey you ever heard of trolling with tandem rigs? mr.crappie crank baits work awsome during the cold months. put out four poles, two with tandems and two with rooster tails or belly runners. covers alot of ground. now if you want to jig it, look around stucture 10-14ft submerged trees,verticle stucture. google tandem crappie rigs, i'll look and see if i got a schematic to PM you.
     
  4. Rohaus

    Rohaus Well-Known Member

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    That would be great Matt, I need all the help I can get.
     
  5. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Love me some winter crappie fishing. Fish the same methods with jigs year round but usually in 30' to 40' of water. Seems to me they school together more in the winter. Lets me get more use out of my Kansas fishin license.
     
  6. thunderchicken

    thunderchicken New Member

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    I use a small aberdeen hook, maybe a 6 or 8 and nightcrawler pieces. You can also vertical jig with small plastic jigs or grubs tipped with worm pieces. I use 4 to 6 pound line.

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  7. cvbaitman

    cvbaitman New Member

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    i do my best trolling fishing in winter the crappie gather up in the mouths of creeks at 2 to 8 ft off bottom also troll 4 to 8 rods and double rigs on each rod , i like hal flies and plastic jigs on 1/8 and 1/16 oz jig heads ....
    i have real good luck doing this , big bite baits ,
     
  8. Slatebar

    Slatebar New Member

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    This is a great thread.
     
  9. astrochelman

    astrochelman New Member

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    look on you tube and put in winter crappie there a lot of people tell you how to the best is the old man from KY and he puts it the easy to learn how to do it and you can look at it time and time again to see how it works and try it for you self
     
  10. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    Do you have a link? Lots of winter crappie fishing videos with old timers on youtube
     
  11. Mi11er

    Mi11er New Member

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  13. rwg

    rwg New Member

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    I crappie fish all winter, as the water temp goes down the crappie slow down. fish with the same stuff I use in the spring, tube jigs, small minnows , ( gulp 1 1/2" minnows, ect. Was out on the ice for 4 hours friday (18 degrees). I am fishing verticaly, thefish are slow so slow your bait down, I get a lot of hits when the jig is just sitting still, they won't chase a bait, so slow down water temp Friday was 32 Crappie school up in the winter, ans often suppend over deeper water, look in the mouths of coves and along creek channels the lead up to their spanning areas. they are often at 20 + foot deep.
     
  14. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Excellent information. I agree with this post. Thanks RWG.
     
  15. keepitsimple

    keepitsimple New Member

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    Here ALOT of guys have sunk hurdles (trees,pvc trees,etc) in various depths and try to keep them secret. They either they vertical jig over them or drop slip rigs with minnows. Sometimes where they are sunk crappies get right on them and sometimes it takes months. Illegal to sink hurdles so just saying from what I've heard.:secret:
     
  16. Rohaus

    Rohaus Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys for the info and the videos, that was some good stuff.