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New Years Day Crappies

  • Blog Post by: Douglas Pirila
  • January 2, 2011 - 4:43 PM

Well we went for a crappies on New Years Day, and they are biting.  If you get a chance to get out.  First pick a lake you know has good crappies, in size, numbers, etc.  If it is a big or small lake, I think any lake with a small deep section concentrates crappies this time of year.  Check the depth maps to know the lake, then pay attention to where all the ice houses are.  
 
We picked a big local lake with a long deep water trench.  There are several key areas along the deep water.  We setup in a group of local ice shacks over 22-24 ft of water.  After getting the holes drilled and house setup, we used our Vexilar flashers to get a feel for what was moving and where the fish were.  There was a lot of bait from 12-17 ft down, with an occasional big mark.  We've seen this many times before and dropped a small ice jig tipped with waxies to it.  That put a nice crappie on the ice in under a minute.  We set our second lines with bobbers and minnows at this depth as well.  
 
In a little over 2 hours we caught plenty of crappies on both the jigging rods and the bobbers with minnows.  It was a great evening and the crappies were once again an evening bite on this lake.  Each lake has a time that the fish are most active.  Some it's morning and evening low light times; others the last 2 hours of the day into the dark 1/2 to 1 hour; still others mid day, after dark, etc.  If you have to pick a time, evening is the easiest for most people.  I have found you can catch crappies all day, if you keep mobile and drill lots of holes and search for the schools of fish.  When you find them, drop a small bait and work them to see their mood.  Once you find them, then setup the shack and have a great time.  
 
I'll get the kids out for more crappies and we'll certainly have a few crappie dinners.  Now if you are catching lots, please release any you aren't going to eat within a day or two.  But do enjoy a crappie dinner, there's nothing like a fresh crappie from the ice to your frying pan..  Yum..
 
Good luck and keep warm.
 
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