Hillsdale 2/6

Adam was kind enough to join me for a quick, late afternoon outing to Hillsdale to check on the crappie bite.  The weather was extremely nice for early February with sunny skies, temperatures in the upper 40’s, and a light 10+ mph breeze.   There were already some anglers fishing where we intended to start, so we used the sonar to quickly locate a nearby brush pile that we hadn’t previously known about.  It’s location right off the river channel in 25 feet of water made it a good hangout for these winter crappie. Once again the fish preferred the chartreuse colored jigs, and we enjoyed a very steady bite for the three hours we were on the water.  The fish were hungry as evidenced by the bellies full of shad.  I guess they are trying to fatten up for the upcoming spring spawn (which will be here before we know it!).

Adam with a pair of 11-12" crappie

Total count for the evening was 34 keepers(over 10″) and maybe twice that many which were too short.  I must say that winter crappie fishing is quickly becoming one of my favorite seasons!

 

– Eric

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