1-15-16 – Basin Crappie

I was fishing a medium sized inland pond with a few buddies searching for crappie that roam over a large basin. After checking all the ice to make sure it was safe, we cut some holes and got to fishing.

The basin we were focusing on had a max depth of 25′. As we fished around, it was clear that the fish cruised anywhere from 22-25′. There was no hesitation when they moved through. As long as your bait was within a few feet of them, they would come up or down to hit.

All day long, I fished with a Half Ant Drop by Clam Outdoors tipped with 3-4 maggots. When I am in an area that is producing mainly crappie, I don’t worry about what I am using for bait because in general they don’t pluck the baits off like bluegills or perch. I think I could count on one hand how many times I had to put new bait on all day!

Success was a achieved today by speed. A quick up and down kept the fish below and aggressive. Having buddies nearby was also a benefit as the large schools of roaming fish could be slowed up while in feeding mode.

We released all the crappie but kept a few yellow perch for an upcoming fish fry!

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One thought on “1-15-16 – Basin Crappie”

  1. Still waiting for those tips on fishing lake Champlain types or Sonar & GPS Also locations to fish and type of bait and gear for perch and walleye. I’am from the NY side at Willsboro Point in a few months I will arrive. I’am orginally a Vermonter having fished way north in Newport Vermont. Thanks Absie (John) PS my email is buckdoe@embarqmail.com

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