I was on the ice well before daylight searching for fish in an area that I had never set foot on before. I had been around with my boat but without catching anything I wasn’t all that impressed. The weeds were limited and from what I saw on my side imaging, structure was almost non existent.
I shredded a 100 yard long section in a grid pattern and started hole hopping. It was still dark and before dropping a jig I had marks on my flasher. They weren’t moving so at first I figured that I had found a cluster of weeds. As my jig broke the bottom of the ice though, the top line moved up quickly. Within only seconds of wetting a line I iced my first crappie. It was nothing to write home about but the 9″ crappie swam away unharmed.
For the next few hours, I put crappie and crappie topside ranging from 7-14″. The were hungry and very aggressive. Until about 2:30, I spent the entire day on the water by myself. By this point I had handled a couple hundred fish and was ready for a break. I packed up my gear and made my way back to the truck without giving my location or success away.
The day was bright and the water was murky. I found that anything bright worked well but the second something was dark under the ice the fish shut off completely. I also found a location where the fish are not spooky at all. They actually enjoyed noise. I found the best holes were the ones that skimmed over hard and I had to kick open. As soon as I stomped my feet, the fish came running!