From what I have observed, crappie don't read the forums very much any more. Typically I would do a 3 page dissertation on when how and why they go deep or shallow and I would be talking from years of experience fishing for them with some success and watching and filming them from underwater for decades.
This last year or two what they have taught me is they don't really care what I think they should be doing, they are going to do what seems like the least of the evils for that particular day.
Two weeks ago I hit them slow but steady with almost no dinks about 8'deep suspended over 16' of water against bridge columns. I was doing pretty good when two kids walking down the bank near me where doing a lot better than me in 2'-3' of water over rip-rap rocks. This did not make any sense at all, but you can't argue with success. I put a slip float on and started drifting my yak out from the bank just dragging the bait a couple of feet off the rocks. I filled my creel and went home bragging to the redhead about how I had them nailed. Yeah, you know the rest of that story. Talked her into going the next day, no fronts, same weather pattern, water temp and clarity still stable and could not buy a bite on bait or jigs. Saw the same two kids and they were getting skunked too. They explained it to me simply,,, we caught them all yesterday. In sheer embarrassment and a bit of desperation I moved out to a borrow pit about 30' deep where I had marked some shad balls and quickly just to snag a couple of hybrids for entertainment value and found where they , at least some, were hanging around. It was late and a slow bite,, but ended up with minor redemption for the day.
I fish from a kayak exclusively and cannot "RUN and GUN" all over the lake so I have made it a point last year and this to start in an area where I can conveniently get to some of each of the major pattern locators without having to paddle miles. I have changed my initial focus on almost every trip I have made in the last two weeks and still have not found concentrations like I have enjoyed for decades. I have hope they will come, but at least I have a few bags in the freezer, partially thanks to those kids that did not know where they should be fishing.
All that being said, I usually ( used to ) expect to start seeing "easy" shallow limits mid March.
Tight lines, Phill
Edited by Carver (02/04/16 01:54 PM)