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No such thing as best/worst time of the day. They eat 24 hrs a day. You just have to be in the right place at the right time and give them what THEY want. That is part of the fun in figuring out what that is. On a new lake I start with a plain minnow and find the depth the Crappie are at, with this you can see how aggressive they are, and then pick a jig to match their mood, whether aggressive or not. Drop your jig and see how far you can see your jig before you lose sight of it, and that will tell you how stained the water is. Clear water use bright colors and stain water use darker colors. Then that will cut down on colors to use. Depending on how aggressive they are determines the size of jig head to use 1/32, 1/16, or 1/8th. This determines the rate of fall or how long it takes the jig to get down to a specific depth, hopefully where the Crappie are. Once you get the jig head and color figured out to where you start catching Crappie notice how they are taking the jig in. If you are just catching them in the lip that will work but you don’t have what they really want as far as color. This is the time to experiment with the color a bit. When you have what they really want they will suck the jig way down. This is when it gets fun and you load the boat with Crappie. You will be catching them on every cast.
In your situation I would have stayed out a ways and cast up to the weeds and let the jig slow fall through them. If I didn’t have a response after a few cast I would use a bobber and set it to just above them or at the level they were at. If that didn’t work I would try a minnow and if that didn’t work, I would move and try to find a more aggressive bunch. If a lot of people were trying to catch them it will shut them off from biting for awhile. EB
I prefer daylight best due to the heat (on me). Rarely will I fish longer than noon i this heat. By that time I’ve had enough, even though alot of times I’ll leave fish biting. Fish are usually caught shallower in the water column earlier then they start migrating into deeper water as the sun gets high. Our water temps now is 80+ degrees at daylight and I’ll fish generally 8’-17’ of water and the better bites on most days are at 6’-9’ deep. Rely on your graph to show you where theyre holding and present your baits right above the fish if possible.
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I pull out a #4 Glass Shad Rap and start probing basins just outside backwater spawning areas. Most of these basins run 3 to 4 to 7 feet deep. The Shad Rap runs 3 to 4 feet down on 6-pound Sufix 832, a braid, depending how high I keep my rod tip. I’m just casting, making slow retrieves, and covering water looking for fish. I start seeing some fish on the locator and finally catch a big fish, maybe 2.5 pounds. Then another nice one. And another.
Many anglers hesitate to use cranks because compared to a typical crappie jig they seem too big—even immense. But I open the mouth of a 2-pounder that has completely eaten the Shad Rap. This fish could eat 4 Shad Raps at the same time. A 3-pound fish could eat a baseball.
It isn’t just diving cranks that do a job on crappies in certain situations. The key factor in deciding on a crankbait style is always first, where are the fish. How deep are they? Depth control is paramount. Speed control and the way you’re working the lure is secondary, but also vital. All the other factors—lure size, color, profile, vibration pattern, and so on—you tinker with after the first two factors are in check. I agree, however, that lures for crappies shouldn’t be too big. I also agree there are traditionally productive colors crappies like in various water-clarity situations.
I think the vibration pattern of a lure is more important than the other factors most of the time. Depth, speed and how you’re working the lure, then vibration pattern—before considering size, shape, color. The problem is that vibration pattern is dependent on the lure style you choose, so it’s hard to factor it in, other than as a matter of switching crankbait styles.
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