Cold water Crappie

when do carppie bite is it when its cold

When the weather becomes cold the Crappie behaves much like any other fish. Its metabolism will slow down and they will eat far less often, conserving the small amount of energy their cold blooded bodies give them. The fishermen who catch Crappie during this time period are the ones who follow a few basic principles. First when fishing any cold water species you need to make your presentations as slow as possible. These fish will not move very far to eat. Whether you are fishing forty five degree water or through a hole in the ice you must keep it slow. If you do not put your offering right under the nose of the fish you will not be successful. I would stick to live bait and keep your bait as large as possible. While fish do not feed often in cold water they generally eat larger food that they do during summer months when they do decide to eat. Sometimes I like to use a bright colored jig head tipped with a large crappie minnow when fishing for winter Crappie. I employ an occasional movement of the rod to give my offering some movement. Instead of using my wrist to jerk the tip up I simply life the rod with my arm a couple inches and then causes the bait to drift downward. You want to fish close to the bottom of the lake you are fishing. It is important also to try different spots as these fish will generally be in large schools in a particular area and not scattered about the lake as they are in summer.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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