Three secrets winter crappie fishing

These three secrets can help you be more successful and reel in more crappie when fishing in the winter. They’re not a hard species to catch but they can be finicky and hard to locate. Therefore, taking advantage of all the tips you can find will help make you a better crappie angler. Below are a few more tips that can help you be more productive when fishing for crappie in the winter.

*         Learn how to set the hook correctly. This may sound like the easiest part of fishing but it can actually be the most difficult and usually takes the most practice. The crappie has a small fragile mouth and if you’re not careful, you’ll pull the hook right through.

*         Remember, they won’t chase after the bait in cold water so you have to get it right in front of them and give them something they’re attracted to naturally before you’ll get any bites.

*         In the winter, the crappies tend to follow the same pattern for days and even weeks as long as the weather pattern stays basically the same. Therefore, once you find where they are, you can take advantage of some excellent fishing opportunities.

*         They can still be found around submerged creek and river channels, brushpiles, trees and similar types of structures, even in the winter.

*         When fishing in the late part of the winter just before spring, look for the crappie along the northern side of the water. This part of the lakes and rivers will start warming up first and this is where they’ll go in search of food.

If you’ve never been crappie fishing in the winter but you enjoy reeling in a nice catch, you should give it a try. It’s a great time to go fishing. However, it’s important to prepare yourself when heading out in the winter too.

The waters are colder and more dangerous than normal and you need to be dressed accordingly. It’s also recommended that you keep your life jacket on even if you’re an excellent swimmer. If an accident was to occur and you ended up in the water, you’ll need the life jacket to stay afloat. The water will be too cold to swim.

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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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