Joel Nelson talks about the spring crappie strategies & transition from deep wintering holes, all the way up to the shallow shoreline spawning areas they use later in spring. He touches on location, presentation and some hot baits you can use to put more crappies in the boat.

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  1. […] Early season panfish bites are a rite of spring, happening throughout the country as reliably as budding lilacs, morels pushing, and gobbling turkeys. Crappies and bluegills both work their way from mid-winter depths to staging areas, then eventually into shallow cover and structure to spawn. Even perch have a part in the conversation, especially in moving-water scenarios where main river tigers slip into side channels and food-rich backwaters. Each species has its own biological rituals that determine timing, but if you’re a panfish angler, you’re fortunate in that each of them tends to happen in order, overlapping very little in most systems. It all makes for a great way to kick off the spring bite while knocking the rust off of winter. That said, if there were one species that gets the bulk of attention in spring, it would undoubtedly be crappies. From north to south, and inside the coasts, spring crappies hold a special place in the hearts of anglers everywhere. Here’s how to get on them this spring.  Joel Nelson provides some additional spring crappie fishing information and fishing tips. […]



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