2-17-14 – Crappie In The Slop

Another day of chasing panfish was on the ticket for today. Knowing what the walking conditions would be with the recent snow and warm up, the locations were chosen by their distance from the parking lot. With a few spots in mind, a buddy and I hit the road before sunrise. We figured that we would go to the furthest spot first and work back towards home.

Arriving at our first location, we had several spots on my GPS that have produced in the past. We started off in deep water but found mainly small crappie and bluegill. While they were aggressive, there were very few quality bites. With a bad bite in deep water, we figured that we should slide shallow and search out the weeds. Luckily this move played out in our favor. The fish were there and the numbers seemed to be on a 5-6 foot break outside the weeds. Mainly, we caught pumpkinseed and bluegill but by fishing right under the ice, we caught far more crappie. While the bite was steady, it wasn’t great so we packed up and moved.

Our second and final stop of the day didn’t prove much better but the quality was right. On a normal day, the fish are very spot specific at this location but sometimes it takes a bit to locate them. Even with the deep snow and slush we covered some water. We took turns packing and clearing spots for holes while the other one drilled. After about 30 minutes of cutting we were ready to fish.

We started at opposite ends of the fishable area and soon were into fish across the spread. While the fish were quality, it seemed as if the holes would produce one fish then quit. Working through the holes over and over was unproductive for the most part so about an hour before dark, we packed up the car and headed for home.

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