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Written by Rocky Madsen   
Wednesday, 01 May 1996
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Northern Crappie Views

For you who live in the northeast, north of the 40th parallel, it has been a long cold winter, but worse, it's been a long cold spring as well. Don't dispare as most lakes are now ice free, and the crappies are on their the spring migrations to feed in shallow waters. After the ice goes out, crappies may feed only in the morning and late evening. As the days grow longer and the water worms, crappies will feed for longer periods. When the water temperature rises the crappies metabolism increases, making them more aggressive feeders.

During the spring, the water warms up enough to trigger the minnows and crappies (in search of the minnows) to enter shallow waters. In large lakes, look in rivers, harbours, marinas, canals, and any shallow water associated with the lake. in small lakes look for shallow weeds, back bays (on the north side of the lake) channels, etc.

The warmer the weather, the better, as this will heat the sallower waters. But should the weather turn cold, you will find the crappies returning to deeper water. The movements in and out of shallow areas can happen very fast, leaving you to catch plenty of fish one minute and then none the next.

When you locate crappies, take note of the water temperature, location, weather conditions, and the presentation you used. You may well find the crappies at the same place next year under the same conditions. The time frame might change slightly as warm spring weather may come earlier or later.

In early May when the water surface temperature is in the 40's, crappies migrate to their shallow water haunts. Let's explore the typical type of water we wish to fish and what type of fishing equipment we need for great crappie action.

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