So this winter we were lucky enough to stumble upon a great little spot that held huge amounts of crappie. The fish were stacked up all winter in a deep hole on a bend. Deep water crappie excite me but we had a lot of learning to do. With all the warm weather up here last week, I was excited to take the drive and see if the ice was out at the hole. We were on ice there a week and a half ago and there was still a foot and a half of ice, so I was not sure what I was going to find. Well just before the spot there is a small lake that was still completely iced over, my excitement soon shrank. A few more miles up the road it came back again, the spot was iced out, Game On!
There is no boat launch to this spot so I was forced to bring my small little row boat and Mark to help me get it into the water. The temps were cold, 40 degrees when we got there in the morning and raining. With my Clam blue suit in hand, I grabbed my Vexilar and loaded up the boat and slid it down the bank into the water. Row Row Row we did to the hole where we were successful all winter. As soon as we got there Mark snagged a nice little Crappie. I decided to run a Fat Boy made by Lindy under a bobber 7-8′. From what I saw this winter, most of the larger fish were caught 6-8 feet down cruising the channel of the deep water. I knew I would catch less fish but I also knew that if I did hook one then it would be a dandy. It didn’t take long to watch my bobber disappear and I had a decent 11″ Crappie.
We found one spot where I was marking a ton of fish on the Vexilar and so I decided to take the bobber off and vertical jig some “big reds”. It was tough because in my excitement to load the truck the night before I forgot to throw in my anchor. Our biggest dilemma of was the day was that we were unable to stay right on top of the fish. I did manage to also pull up some really nice river perch in the deep water that were schooled with the crappie. The most effective method was a Fat Boy tipped with a white Mister Twister rigged under the bobber 7-9 feet. “This did make for interesting casts, Mark was on the look out all morning!”
Once our clothes were wet enough that we were shaking from the cold damp March day, we decided to do some exploring. Since this spot always produced we had never really seen what the rest of the setback had to offer. We loaded up the boat, sat in the truck for a bit to warm up and took a walk. To my surprise we found some of the best spawning habitat I had ever seen.
The ice was just out here as I could tell since the crappie were still in their suspended holding pattern so this spot had not warmed up enough to draw the fish in. You can bet that I’ll be there next weekend to learn more about these Glory Hole crappie!
Here are some pics of some of the days catch.