Crappie Fishing: Finding the Right Location under and Over the Ice

Finding the right spot includes a little luck, skill and knowledge of what is under the ice. There are lots of ways to find out what is under the ice. One of the most practiced methods is to take a boat around prospective spots. This is where you get to buy the really cool stuff. Use a depth finder and clearly note what the depth is, while you are at it be sure to get temperature measurements these measurements will help you all year round. In a lot of lakes the temperatures will fluctuate and the warm spots will change with the seasons. These changes will be influenced by weather, currents and almost everything imaginable. Whether you are hard water or soft water fishing these temperature measurements will help you follow bait fish and in the end your target so keep track of these throughout the year.

Another trick I used when mapping out an area was to drag a weight through the weeds using a heavy line strong reel and medium to light pole. After some practice you can tell from the feel of the weight on the pole as you reel the line in just where the weeds end and even the layout of the ground below the water. Of course there is a cheat… Go buy a water proof camera system that will show you just what you are looking for including the fish.

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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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