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Winter Crappie
Wally Marshall
Finding winter crappie takes a little work but when you find them, you'll forget about how cold it is outside.
Wally Marshall You don't need to wait until spring to go crappie fishing. Get out there right now! In winter, the structure with the most potential will be relatively deep, depending on the location of the thermocline and the mean depth of the lake. You'll find prime   structural features on the main lake adjacent to a channel or major drop-off. Focus your search on points, ridges, humps, and flats with tight contour lines on either side of the feature. Once you locate the structure and identify the edge, you will need to locate key crappie holding cover. Hotspots can be stumps, rock piles or brush piles. The bigger crappie will usually be on isolated pieces of cover. Finding winter crappie takes a little work but when you find them, you'll forget about how cold it is outside.  

Wally, "Mr. Crappie," Marshall was the 2002 NACA Angler of the Year.


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