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Started by John Sheehan Jul 8.

Where The Crappies Are... GREAT IN-FISHERMAN ARTICLE 6 Replies

Where The Crappies Areby Dr. Rob Neumann     Telemetry studies can track daily movements and seasonal migrations of fish, with the use of surgically implanted or externally attached transmitters.…Continue

Started by Slip Sinker. Last reply by John Sheehan Feb 22, 2018.

Crappie Length to Weight Chart

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Started by John Sheehan Aug 29, 2017.

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Early spring in my shallow NE New Jersey home lake (average depth 6-10' with a few spots…Continue

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Started by John Sheehan. Last reply by John Sheehan Mar 30, 2016.

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Comment by John Sheehan yesterday

4"Easy Shiner Vertically Jigged at 15' .This 1.5# Crappie was competing with numerous Pickerel.

Comment by John Sheehan on August 9, 2019 at 5:06am

Thanks Slip , I dont know what it is this year .The Crappie at my the two lakes i fish the most just dont appear in the spots I have caught them in recent years . Here's my old Crappie Calendar of a Crappie from each month: http://bigbluegill.ning.com/photo/albums/crappie-calendar

Comment by Slip Sinker on August 8, 2019 at 11:44am

nicely done Greg!... John I find them all year round on the 6-0 to 9-0 flats during the summer i find them even shallower.

Targeting with major interest in the b.gill I find the crappie mixed in with our numbers.

IMO crappie are driven by minnows where the majority of the time the food group is fixed in with the foods chain being churned up by the warmer waters,sunlight and weed growth.

In my area  the deeper lakes stratify mainly at the 15-17 foot level and weeds stop growth at 10-12 so generalll they move into the weeds.

I read somewhere that crappies are defined as confined space type fish where they like gaps of weeds on a flat, trenches on a flat or the like.

I put up a couple videos lately where my son and I are mainly targeting the gill but I knew we would mix in a few of the crappies also… if we expressly were targeting the crappies we would fish more of the crappie like base baits like the 2” Power Minnow.

Comment by John Sheehan on August 5, 2019 at 2:24pm

Having trouble finding the Crappie in the Summer months but Greg found one with a 4" Swimbait!

Comment by John Sheehan on December 5, 2018 at 11:05am

Fall Crappie:

Comment by John Sheehan on May 3, 2018 at 7:16am

Comment by John Sheehan on April 28, 2018 at 3:22pm

Salted Fatheads and Salted Shiner heads under a float =Slab Crappie Killer!

Comment by John Sheehan on March 4, 2018 at 8:47am

Thanks for the tips on how you got that amazing amount of Crappie,Joe!

Comment by Joe D'Angelo on March 3, 2018 at 11:49am

Some real nice craps you got there John. Those are the fish crappie masters wait patiently for. 

Comment by Joe D'Angelo on March 3, 2018 at 11:43am
  • Those were from about 4 weeks ago.. I tend to fish crappie with ‘Tip  Downs’. This past open water year I focused on a lake that doesn’t receive much pressure/attention. Found as many weed beds as I could throughout the year up until about end of November. Came back early ice December 18th here (2.5” of ice). Landed on a Crappie bite that lasted about 2 weeks. Caught over 100 fish in 3 outings. Put most back kept about 25. Weed beds were about 17’ deep with weeds up to about 10’ kept the baits on tip downs anywhere from 1 foot to 4’ above the weed tops.  We can run 3 lines per person here in WI so I usually fish 1 jigging rod and either 2 Tip Ups for pike/walleye or 2 Tip Downs for crappie/perch/walleye. And yes  you can’t beat cold water crappies and gills.
 

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