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Crappie Basics #200

Unfortunately, many anglers stow away the boat and fishing tackle before the first snow flies. Those who don’t can experience some of the best fishing … Continue reading Crappie Basics #200

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This wood is part of a tree in about 8 feet of water while the lake is 5 feet low. Find this during winter drawdown and mark it. When the lake comes up 5 feet at normal pool level, the tree will be in 13 feet of water sticking up to within 2 feet from the surface. An excellent potential spring and summer spot that will not be visible above the water.

Unfortunately, many anglers stow away the boat and fishing tackle before the first snow flies. Those who don’t can experience some of the best fishing of the year and have their favorite lake all to themselves.

You can find crappie in deep water (20 to 40 feet) in the winter, but they will move into shallower water during a string of warm days. The key to catching crappie in the winter is to use a very slow retrieve. In cold water, crappie will not chase a fast-moving lure like they will during the warmer months.

In addition, winter crappie tend to congregate in large, dense schools near structure instead of scattering in loose schools over a large area. Casts to one side of a brush pile may yield nothing while the other side may produce a fish on nearly every cast.

Learn more from the Missouri Dept. of Conservation

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