Ice Fishing for Crappie Tips

Sonar and other electronics can be essential in successful crappie ice fishing. This is because it is important to have eyes under the water to see where the fish are and how they are responding to your bait. Having your bait below the fish will get virtually no bites at all but suspended it properly above the fish will attract some bites. Once you know where the fish are located and you gain their interest in the bait, you can tease them a bit by dropping the bait and gently pulling it away then offering it again. This will attract the schools of crappie to the bait you are offering and result in more catches.

Quick Tips
Try popular baits like Tommy cod and jigs that are tipped with grubs.
Keep your bait moving at all times to trigger bites.
Judge how fast to move your bait based on the activity level of your crappie.
Try to keep your bait just above the school of crappie in the water for best results.
When ice fishing during the day time, you can usually find your schools of crappie at about mid-depth in the body of water you are fishing in.

With these ice fishing for crappie tips and guidelines, you will be well on your way to catching great crappie no matter what time of year you head out to the water. Have fun!

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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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