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Crappie Question

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I fish a lake in the summer that has areas that rise up from 40 or 50 feet to very shallow weed edges within a short distance. I have had pretty good luck finding crappies over 20 feet off the weed edges in the summer. I have no idea where to start looking for winter crappies. Could I expect to find them in the same areas in March as in June or would they most likely be hanging over the deep areas a little further off the weed edge? Any advice would be most appreciated.

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Try the places that you catch them in late fall. Summer spots seldom hold crappies around here. Every once in a while at late ice Ill catch them in summer spots but not now. Another few weeks and they should be back hangin around deeper water by their spring holding/staging spots.

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Don't be afraid to go deep. A lot of the schools of big crappies I find are in over thirty feet of water on flats adjacent to sharp breaks. It depends on the water clarity, but I like to go deeper than shallower, though you can catch crappie in 10 FOW in some instances. You really just need to find a spot that looks good on the lake map and drill a lot of test holes in the area and find those red lines on your vexilar. Drilling a lot of holes before you start fishing is important, especially the shallower you fish, because it allows you to get on spots without spooking them with the auger. Good luck.

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