Crappie fishing during the holidays can be incredibly profitable if you know how to catch crappie in chilly water in the middle of December. Because crappie congregates in schools, it’s very likely that once you see one, you’ll start catching a lot more. Nevertheless, you must first find your bearings and know where to begin to notice your Christmas fish.
The water temperature will most likely be around 40 degrees at this time of year. While the temperature might vary significantly from day to day, it’s usually fair to presume it’s in the 40s, or, if you’re in the south, the water could be in the 50s or even 60s at this time of year. So you’ll be able to catch your crappie regardless of the weather.
Once you have arrived at your fishing spot, start looking for a place to cast along an ancient creek and river system. Water depths will likely range from 20 to more than 60 feet here. Ride along the channel’s rims, looking for older trees within 10 feet of the water’s edge. Each year, the water level in these lakes will fluctuate. While it may appear deep and straightforward to fish in some years, this is not always the case. Place a marker buoy over the side of your boat once you’ve found your tree so you can keep a record of where you are.
Begin with a 1/8 ounce jig head with a bit of curling tail attached. You can also bring some 1/16 oz yellow, chartreuse, and white ones with you. Start with the white jig if the water is relatively straightforward. If the water is murky or stained, however, you’ll want to bring out your chartreuse lure.
When it comes to fishing equipment, I prefer spinning reels and a light, six-foot pole. In addition, your fishing line should be no more than a six-pound test. Always keep an eye on how your jig is dangling. Tying a clinch knot and then tying it down is one approach to ensure that it is securely fastened. You’ll want to make sure the jig and hook eye are both horizontal to the water’s surface. You want the jig to look in such a way like a bit of minnow hardly moving in the water to the fish. You’ll be reeling in your Thanksgiving feast in no time!
Best lakes for crappie fishing
- Mermet Lake
- Dolan’s Lake
- Glen O Jones
- Big Grand Pierre Creek
- Lake Du Quoin
- Crab Orchard Lake
- Lake Of Egypt
- Cedar Lake
- Kinkaid Lake
- Rend Lake
Crappie Fishing and Annual Activities
Crappie fishing has become a year-round activity in this area. After all, why not? October, November, and even early December have some of the greatest fishing weather. It’s not unbearably hot or unbearably chilly.
Fall weather fronts are farther spaced and weaker than spring weather fronts. Windy conditions are less of an issue in the fall, and our waters are usually as clear as they get at this time of year.