Spring crappie fishing can often prove to be the best time to find the big salt and peppers. Once the ice is off, the chase is on. Water temperature is the biggest player of the game this time of the year. The big female crappies are staging in 5-10 feet of water getting ready to move up into the warm shallow water to spawn, while some of the males may already be up shallow. Dark bottom lakes with shallow bays or channels are your best chance at finding the warmest water and finding the transition areas from 5-10 ft to 2-5 feet of water are the areas to target. A slip bobber kit rigged with a Northland Fishing Tackle Tuff Tube tipped with crappie minnows or waxworms present an easy meal for pre-spawn crappies, triggering more bites. As the crappies are still in pre-spawn mode, practicing selective harvesting or catch and release is crucial in population growth and expansion for future generations of fish.
– Garrett Haglin
Northland Fishing Tackle® — EST. 1975
In 1975, a young Northwoods fishing guide named John Peterson started pouring jigs and tying tackle for his guiding clients in a small remote cabin in northern Minnesota. The lures were innovative, made with high-quality components, and most importantly were catching fish when no other baits were working! The word spread like wildfire, the phone started ringing for Team Northland®… and the Northland Fishing Tackle® brand was in hot demand!
For over 45 years Team Northland® Tackle has been designing, testing, and perfecting an exclusive line of products that catches fish like no other brand on the market today. Manufactured in the heart of Minnesota’s finest fishing waters, Northland® is one of the country’s leading producers of premium quality jigs, live bait rigs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and spoons for Panfish, Perch, Walleye, Bass, Trout, Northern Pike, and Muskie.
Northland Fishing Tackle® products are designed by fishermen for the quality-conscious anglers of the new millennium. The entire management team are fishermen who surround themselves with experienced Northwoods fishing guides, veteran charter captains, professional tournament anglers, and the famous Team Northland Pro-Staff! These fishing experts provide us with valuable product feedback and innovative fishing ideas that keep us on the “cutting edge” of the fishing tackle industry.
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