Ice Fishing for Crappies
Ice fishing is a fun, relaxing way to spend time outdoors during the cooler months of the year. When most people think of ice fishing they usually think of trout, bass, and pike, but did you know that crappies can also be caught through the ice?
Here’s a quick guide to get you started on catching some crappies this winter.
Equipment Needed for Ice Fishing for Crappies
Catching crappies through the ice requires some specific equipment to ensure success.
Here are the basics of what you need and why each item is important:
1. Ice Auger
An ice auger is needed in order to cut a hole in the ice so that you can access the water below. Be sure to use an auger that is strong enough to cut through several inches of solid ice.
2. Fishing Rods
Using a long, light rod will make it easier to detect when fish are biting your bait. A light rod with sensitive action will also allow you to set the hook quickly and efficiently when a fish takes your bait.
Most anglers prefer live bait such as minnows or wax worms when fishing for crappies under the ice. However, artificial lures such as jigs and spoons can also be effective if used correctly. Experiment with different baits until you find what works best for your situation.
4. Tip Ups
Tip-ups are essential for catching multiple crappies at once without having to constantly monitor each line individually. Tip-ups are basically flags that attach to your line and alert you when a fish has taken your bait by rising up above the surface of the water.
5. Ice Skimmer
An ice skimmer will come in handy if you plan on doing any night fishing; using one will help keep your holes from freezing over between casts or while waiting for a bite.
With these tips in mind, there’s nothing stopping you from getting out on the ice this winter and catching some delicious crappies!
Whether it’s just a day trip or an overnight excursion, always prepare properly and make sure your equipment is up-to-date before heading out onto frozen lakes or ponds in search of these tasty treats! Good luck!