Ohio Crappie will bite in cold water! I personally like extremely clear water conditions when the bait presentation is visible for long distance. This past weekend Chad and Dad enjoyed fishing for Crappie in small lakes. We caught a lot of Crappie too! The water was supper cold and the wind was heavy but it didn’t hurt the Crappie bite. I would guess the water temp was 38-40 degrees. To be honest windy conditions seems to turn Crappie on.
We fished two ways. Live minnows on a floater and tiny jigs with tubes under a small floater. We did better on the jig and floater rig than live minnows if you can believe it. The Crappie were very active when you found them. We fished close to shore with very little results so we decided to try the middle of the lake. Then the bite was, “On”. We had a blast catching Crappie Saturday and Sunday. Nice fish too!
Chad smoked Dad Saturday as I just couldn’t get the rhythm. Had to watch Chad “catch” Crappie for about an hour…on the jig and floater. Chad claimed it was his 1/64oz. jig that was enticing these little slabs. I was using a 1/32oz. jig with very little results. Chad caught 25-30 Crappie before we called it a day. Sunday was a different day (Dad caught Crappie) but the conditions were about the same. It was a minnow bite and the jig bite. Everywhere! They wer on! The Crappie got more active as the day progressed.
Dad had to leave but Chad stayed and caught more Crappie for another hour. Had to listen to Chad’s “fish tales” during supper. All in all…Chad and Dad just had fun Crappie fishing small water in Southwestern Ohio this past weekend. We enjoy life fishing even if Mother Nature dusts us with a little snow and cold wind. Crappie will bite in cold water. You just have to figure them out.
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Hot tip…keep the jig and floater moving. Little hops and steady retrieve. BAM! FISH ON!