February 6th, 2014
First Ice Crappieby Brad Hudson January 20, 2013
The weather was not co-operating and ice on Lake Simcoe was not safe. So, I decided to hit a lake with 3 other buddies about 45 min further north of our home base.
A full moon greeted us as we arrived at our destination on this small tea stained lake. Our goal for the day was to move around and locate schools of crappie in various locations throughout the lake.Various depths were checked, drilling 5 or 6 holes from the current spot and moving along with the fish finder where most times fish hit each time we moved. We also tried shallow areas adjacent to rock piles but this only produced fish showing up on our graph and teasing us a bit.
We worked our way to deeper water and along the way marked and caught several smaller fish but most would disperse after a few fish were caught. We thought there was possibly a pike, moving in under our hole. Fishing with 3 other friends helped make the day more successful as we spread out covering different areas of the lake and keeping in touch.
Our most productive area on this day was in 30 feet of water along a break line that started at 17 feet. Our flashers lit up big time as soon as we turned them on and I hooked into my first fish on the first drop.
We were successful using small emerald shiners / jig head combinations where I had luck just using a small glowing jig all day. We all managed to bring home a meal’s worth of crappie each. We also caught one nice bass that was released.
The keys to finding crappie
• Check different areas of the lake, move often
• Use various types of bait, minnows, jigs, and small spoons
• Vary your jigging speeds and pay attention to what works
• Use your graph it is your best buddy out on the ice
• Looks for weed lines, main lake humps and deep water transitions
• Use the lightest line possible and this will also increase your chances