Mother Nature is about to dump a foot of snow on us and lock up everything with freezing temperatures so Jeff & I made a quick trip out to the only open water we could find. The water temperature at La Cygne was only 35 F but at least it was open and not covered in ice! The air temperatures were hovering in the upper 20’s which made fishing a bit difficult due to the water freezing up in the eyelets of the rods, but since the wind wasn’t blowing too hard today, it was manageable enough for a quick afternoon outing.
We found our crappie out around the submerged bridge, however the targeted area was pretty small and keeping the boat positioned over the precise spot was challenging. If the wind were any stronger, I’m not sure we would have done nearly as well. We fished tandem jigs and kept up a pretty good pace of catching up until dusk when the bite fell off, just like the temperature. The schools of crappie were dominated by the 9-10” size and we estimated that we caught about 120 total fish to end up with 30 keepers, over 10”. Catching crappie is a good way to stay warm in freezing conditions!