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!).
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!