Early Spring Crappie Tips
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Posted On March 04, 2012
Pre-spawn crappie fishing during the early spring can be almost as
productive as fishing during the spawn. This last week we have had a
string of cold days that dropped the water temperature by at least a few
degrees. Hopefully in the next few weeks we will see a warming trend
that will put the crappie into their pre-spawn patterns.
Right now the water temp is going to be cold and the crappie will be
deep. In the next few weeks the waters should start warming and crappie
will start to move shallow searching for nesting sites. Look for areas
that warm up faster than others. Anywhere that warmer water runs into
the main lake, shallow flats, coves and shorelines on the north end of
the lake. All of these locations will warm up slightly faster and offer
the best early season crappie bite. Also look for areas that have
access to deeper water. I like to use smaller maribou or tube jigs
suspended below a float. I cast them out and retrieve them so slow that
the float barely makes a wake behind it.
Beginning around mid to late March look for the spawn to be getting into
full swing. Fish around any shoreline cover you can find. the biggest
females tend to occupy the best locations. Places where trees overhang
the water or brushy areas along shore are excellent choices. I have
also found that gravel bottoms seem to hold some of the bigger
crappie. During the spawn I like to use a 13' crappie rod and lower
the jig into some brushy areas. I drop the jig all the way to the
bottom then lift it up about an inch at a time until I get a bite.