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Post Spawn Crappies in the North

June 1, 2020
By Pros4- 1Source's Steve Worrall The crappie spawn is still underway across the upper Midwest as water temps hit the middle 60’s. The spawn can last in a geographical area for two weeks due to…
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North Country Crappies: Spring Spawning Transition

May 18, 2020
By Pros4- 1Source As the Spring progresses through unseasonably cold weather this year the crappie in the North have begun the transition to spawn and reversed back out to deeper water a couple…
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Finding Upper Midwest Crappie From Ice Out to Spawn

April 7, 2020
Spring and great crappie fishing are synonymous across the upper Midwest, and for very good reason. As the weather and sun angle warms the water, crappie move in from their Winter haunts showing up…
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Dependable Early Spring Crankbaits for All Game Fish (video)

March 19, 2020
In March, April, and May, game fish of all species move out of deep holes into shallow water, setting the stage for some of the best sport fishing of the year. Few fishing lures can hold a candle to…
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Ice Fishing: Tips for Winter Crappie

January 10, 2019
Most ice anglers have a bittersweet relationship with crappie. When you find an active school the fishing's outstanding. Yet on other days locating them can seem impossible. Try these suggestions the…
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A Spring Trifecta: Recipes for Crappie, Morels & Wild Turkey

May 18, 2015
For those who enjoy the outdoors there’s no better combination than the trifecta of fresh crappie, morel mushrooms, and wild turkey—all fried to perfection. Mustard Fried Crappie   Crappie fillets…
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3 Jig Details that Catch More Spring Crappie

May 1, 2015
Crappie can be choosy. While springtime often yields good action, it pays to have a stocked jig box so you can make adjustments on the water. Crappie jigs with these 3 features should always have a…
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Late Season Ice Fishing for Panfish

March 3, 2015
The last period of safe ice typically offers some of the best ice fishing of the year for panfish like bluegill and crappie.  For crappies in particular, we often find fish shallow and the fish can…
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Greenbackin' on the Ice for Lethargic Fish

February 5, 2015
I've had many folks ask me how I got into fishing and how I learned the tricks to compete successfully at high-level, professional tournaments. Although my dad always took me and my brother fishing…
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Panfish: Strike Indicators & Wet Fly Rigs That Work

July 23, 2014
Every now and then I get the urge to catch a mess of panfish for a fish fry. Where I live that generally means rock bass, which are in abundance. In fact, they’re common enough to be considered a…
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6 Easy How-To Steps to Fillet Bass, Crappie & Perch (infographic)

June 20, 2014
Panfish aka: bluegills, sunfish, crappies, bream, perch, shell crackers, pumpkinseeds, slabs and even smaller walleyes are called "pan" fish for a reason. Properly filleted and fried, they eat s-o-o-…
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Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee is Panfish Paradise for Anglers

June 7, 2014
When a violent earthquake struck the Mississippi River valley during the bitter cold winter of 1811, aftershocks rumbled throughout a 2,000-square-mile area for months. Forty-five square miles of the…