Tactics, Tips and Tuesdays with Wally

by Free Speech on May 18, 2009

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Lodi, WI-5/18/09
by Wally Banfi

“Hooked on Crappies”

Wally lands another nice spring crappie.

Wally lands another nice spring crappie.

It’s late April in southern Wisconsin and the majority of walleyes in our area rivers and lakes have spawned.  Now it’s “Crappie Time!”  Crappies are a very fun fish to catch.  When water surface temperatures hit 50° in the main lake basin, crappies start to feel their need to spawn, and they start migrating into shallower/warmer water.

Crappies can be thought off as a “shade-fish” and they love to sit under wood piers, boat docks, and boat hoists.  They also love brush piles, fishcribs, timber, and downed logs.  When you’re fishing these structures, pay particular attention to where the shade and sunlight make a seam.  Pitch your crappie minnow or tube jig in the shade and slowly work it out into the sunlight.  Crappies can’t resist and they will come and inhale your bait!  Make sure you have your net ready to slide under them.  Crappies are often called paper mouths. And if you try slinging them into the boat, like a large mouth bass, you will surely lose a bunch while trying to land them.

Good presentations for spring crappies include:

•    Anchoring your boat sideways in front of a pier, or likely hot-spot, and pitching slip-bobbers rigged with 1-splitshot, a gold tru-turn #6 hook and a lively crappie minnow.
•    Using your bow-mount Minnkota trolling motor to work down a shoreline and cast out a 1” Berkley power tube with a 1/32 oz. insider jig head.  Use a small bobber set at approximately 15” above the tube jig and twitch and pause it all the way back to the boat.  This drives big crappies nuts and they love to come up and smack the tube-jigs.
•    Using a controlled drift with a slip-bobber rig and a bait rigs cobra pan-fish jig tipped with a minnow, wax-worm, or spikes over the top of newly emerging green weed beds in 4’ to 8’ of water.

Don’t forget to practice C.P.R ( Catch-Picture-Release) on panfish. Bring your camera and get pictures of some of the bigger females, and let some go, so they can spawn.  Panfish are plentiful and they do make for a great Friday fish fry!  Take what you can use and let some go so they can fight for another day.

Don’t forget to take a kid fishing.. if you don’t have one, borrow your neighbors!  Also don’t forget to tune into “Outdoor Horizons

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1 Amy August 19, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Wow nice crappie. I used to live on the Truman Lake in Missouri and I have found that it is one of the best places to catch crappie. I love fishing and all of your information is great! Thanks

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2 Bubbacowski May 21, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Wally please take me fishing.I have so much learn from you.I have my own life jacket and money to pay you from my paper route. Nice buck!!!

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