Outdoors Angle: Ice-Out Crappies

The Flag Outdoors Expert Steve Carney has your weekly Outdoors Angle right here!

     As we slide into the later parts of April, the crappie fishing tends to get better and better as the days go by. We have had a few changes in the weather patterns recently which has really slowed the shallow crappie bite. Mother Nature certainly changed things around after it looked like we were in for an early Spring.

     The next couple of weeks as the water warms, the crappies will start moving into very shallow, muddy back bays in search of new food sources. Hatches are now starting in less than 3 feet of water in canals, muddy backwaters and channels. These fish are taking advantage of the new food sources and will remain in these shallows for a good couple of weeks. Pitching a slip bobber and jig right up against the bulrushes or rocky shorelines will get your bait in front of them and yet allow the bait to remain just off the bottom.

     Be patient! We need a string of 70 degree days and warm nights to get things going. We continue to be plagued with cold nights and dreary, cold days which does nothing for our water temperatures. As the water temperatures rise, the fishing success will respond accordingly.... it will happen I promise you!

Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.