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Ice Fishing Crappies: How We Find and Setup on Prime Spots Fast

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Main lake basins are the most common wintering areas for crappies in the ice belt, but finding and staying on roaming fish is challenging. Wired2Fish’s Kyle Peterson demonstrates how he finds prime basin spots like sunken trees and brush using 360 Imaging, then sets up on top or adjacent to these prime spots without spooking the fish.

Similar to a deer hunting stand, the group uses a black hub shelter (ice house) on top of the tree to stay warm and conceal movement through the clear ice. They then emplace 360 Imaging within to monitor fish activity in the vicinity. This same strategy is an efficient way to place a wheelhouse without having to constantly move it to stay on fish.

TACKLE USED
• Compatible HELIX (HELIX 8, 9, 10″ G3 w/ MEGA DI+ or SI+)
• MEGA 360 Imaging Transducer:
• MEGA 360 Ice Adapter:
• HELIX Ice Conversion Kit:
• Heading Sensor + GPS Puck (Optional but Recommended):
• MEGA 360 / 2D Y-Cable (Optional):
• Humminbird ICE HELIX 7 CHIRP GPS G3:

OTHER GEAR USED:
• StrikeMaster 24V Lithium Ice Auger:
• StrikeMaster Pro Bibs:
• Strike Master Pro Jacket:
• Frabill Fortress XL Ice Shelter:

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One of the best occasions to fish for crappie is during the generating season, which usually the start of spring. However, spring can bring rainfalls, which can interfere with the typical pattern of crappie. This may well also affect the way you fish, but not to stress, as fishing after heavy rain is still possible!

Continue reading as I discuss how heavy rainfall affects crappie behavior and how you can still go crappie fishing after heavy rain.

Crappie Fishing During Heavy Rain

Did you just experience heavy rainfall and planned to go crappie fishing that day? Don't worry, there's still a possibility you'll get a catch, depending on how the fish were affected.

Unfortunately, chances are slim when catching crappie at this time. Why? Here are the changes that happen after the heavy rains:

The water temperature will drop significantly, remaining low until you see some sunshine Rain strips up stronger currents, which have the water turn murky, making crappie less visible Covers like fallen trees and brush piles may be destroyed from heavier rains and strong currents With that said, there is some good news to crappie fishing after rainfall. When thunderstorms occur, rains would wash small insects to the water, which can attract crappie back to shallow waters. That's why anglers also like to search for post-storm crappies, attracting schools of them!

This mostly sounds like bad news, doesn't it? It doesn't have to completely be! There are still ways to get around the issues mentioned above. Since crappie is sensitive to changes in the water, you'll simply need to adjust your fishing methods.

Here are ways you can fish for crappie after heavy rainfall

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