Five Ontario crappie fishing secrets

Ontario is one of the best places around for crappie fishing. When you follow these 5 secrets you will not only have a great time – you will be taking home some amazing looking fish! There are plenty of bodies of water out there including lakes, streams, rivers, and even creeks with opportunities for fine crappie fishing.
The Right Gear

Too often people go to the trouble and expense of buying expensive tackle and gear for them to fish for crappie around Ontario. However, there is no reason to do so. Instead, make sure you have a quality rod and reel that you can depend on. For the best results get one that is light weight and long. The reel should be small but have a very long drag.

I suggest using 2 pound test line when you are fishing for crappie in Ontario. It seems to be something that also helps when you are casting your line out too so keep that in mind. Of course you need to do your homework because if you are fishing in a body of water that has some larger crappie then you don’t want to lose them due to the line snapping.

Lures that Attract

The lures you use need to be colorful and you will want to have a wide variety of them. This will help you to be able to go through them and try new things if you are in a rut out there waiting for a fish to bite. Fluorescent colors, black, white, and green work very well. Remember, you need to use something that will make the crappie think what they see is a meal they can enjoy.

You may find that some bobbers help you to attract fish too. This will also help to keep your line where you want it in the water. Take some time to explore the different lures and tackle so you can decide what will work well for your location. Check online to see what people have been using in a given area too for an advantage.


While there are certainly plenty of places around Ontario where you can go fishing, you need to select a great location. Doing your homework will help here as well. You can go online and find out where people have been having the best luck, the size of the crappie, and more. One of the best places to consider fishing for them is Lake Scugog.

This is because of the environment that it offers. Crappie enjoy water that is shallow and that has a murky coloring to it. If you can find a weeded area then that is also an advantage as this type of fish is often found around such locations. Follow where the smaller fish are to because then the crappie will be closing in on them during various times for feeding.

Cover is a big element when it comes to finding crappie in Ontario. Not everyone is a fan of fishing in those areas but you will find they are prime grounds. These areas include wood, brush, and even weeds. Any area that looks overgrown and not well kept will be attractive to them. Keep your eyes peeled for those areas and you will find that they are often not too full of people around them.

Time of Year

The time of year will significantly influence where the crappie are going to hang out. For example in the spring they are close to the shore due to spawning. In the winter though they are further out to stay warm in the deeper waters. Then you will need to cast further or go out in your boat.

Any crappie fisherman will tell you that timing is essential. You have to know where they are during a given time of year. However, there is also the fact that the seasons alone don’t influence movement. The temperatures may be unusually warmer or cooler during a given time of year so always be ready for that. Just because the calendar says spring doesn’t mean they will be asking like it in the water.

Spawning will start when the temperatures are consistently 66 degrees or higher during the day. That means you will be able to find large numbers of them very close to the shore. This is a prime time to take advantage of fishing in Ontario.

Be Ready!

You need to be on your toes when it comes to fishing in Ontario. Make sure you have a way to get your fish back home securely and in good condition. Make sure you have the appropriate fishing too and that you are ready for the weather conditions. There are times you will need cool clothes and sunscreen but other days you may need warm clothing and a jacket. Always take plenty of water with you, relax, be patient, and have fun enjoying your surroundings.

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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