I like to call it “Fickle February.”
It may not be so for everyone, but where I live (in Tennessee), February is a bad month for predicting the weather, or the crappie fishing.
When it comes to crappie fishing, my specialty is long-line trolling. That means I LOVE the pre-spawn months of February and March on the Tennessee River. March is almost always prime time, but in years past, February has been very good to me as well. Much to my wife’s dismay, Valentines Day has always been an especially sweet spot. Here’s one example on video.
The last two years, however, not so much.
As a guide I’ve been keeping some detailed records in recent years. In 2017 our February crappie trolling trips yielded 3.6 keeper crappie (10-inches-plus) for every hour fished.