Wisconsin Early Ice Reports 2020: SLAB Crappies Are Coming Topside!

With the 9-Day Wisconsin Deer Gun Hunting Season in the rearview, outdoor enthusiasts in the badger state are turning towards other activities. And during winter in Wisconsin, ice fishing reigns supreme. In Northern Wisconsin lakes, the ice fishing season typically starts in early December, with southern lakes freezing over a few weeks after. The ice season can extend through March and sometimes …

7 Panfish Lures You Can Rely On All Year

Live bait is best for producing panfish year-round, but there are times throughout the year when artificial lures will outperform the real deal. The key to catching panfish on artificial lures is to “match the hatch” making sure the size of your lure is the same size as the forage panfish are munching on that day. Here are seven lures …

The 5 Best Soft Plastics For Catching Gigantic Crappie

Flies and Roadrunner jigs were my most productive lures during my early years of crappie fishing.  However, my selection of crappie lures has increased throughout the years as lure manufacturers continued to offer a variety of soft plastic baits for panfish. Some of the hottest soft plastic styles of crappie lures available today are double-tail grubs, minnow or shad imitators, …

Fall Kayak Fishing for SLAB Crappies in Shallow Weeds!

Friend of the program and established YouTube anglers Minndak Outdoors has been on a tear lately shooting geese, jigging perch, and catching butterball crappies in their home state of South Dakota. In this blog, I’m going to give you a brief rundown on one extremely productive day of fall crappie fishing brought to you by Minndak Outdoors. Starting Things Off …

Fall Fishing For Crappie: 10 Tips You Need To Know

Leaves turning colors and air temperatures dropping signal the start of the crappie fall feeding festival.  When autumn arrives, crappie snap out of their summer doldrums and gorge on baitfish in preparation for a long, cold winter. The fish migrate from their deep summer haunts to the dining areas of the shallow flats.  Here are 10 tips you need to know …

3 Things You NEED TO Know About Fishing The Crappie Spawn

The Crappie Spawn happens every spring when the water temperatures reach above the 60-degrees. Depending on where you live, the crappie spawn can be anytime from early March to the middle of May. Like other panfish, crappie build spawning nests in shallow water. Most crappie spawn in depths from 1-6 feet of water. Male crappie build nests by aggressively brushing …

Your Complete Guide To Fishing The Crappie Spawn

When the dogwoods bloom, the crappie are biting. There’s a lot of truth to that saying throughout most of the country since dogwood blossoming time usually coincides with the crappie spawn in the spring. The warmer climate in the southern half of the country triggers crappie into spawning earlier in that region, but the northern half of the country warms …

Late Winter Crappie Hacks: Slamming Sleepy Slab Crappie

Reservoirs are drawn down to their lowest levels, the water is near its coldest temperature and the crappie fishing gets tough during the late stages of winter. However, the hours of daylight are getting longer and air temperatures are slowly climbing so the early signs of spring start snapping crappie out of their winter doldrums. Late winter is the prime …

Fall Crappie Fishing: Targeting Fall Slabs In Lakes And Reservoirs

The season of harvest festivals and the outdoor extravaganza of leaves changing colors is also a special time for crappie anglers. These fishermen know autumn offers some of the best opportunities to catch aggressive crappie without much competition from fellow anglers. The cool fall weather drops water temperatures and triggers crappie into a feeding frenzy as the fish fatten up …