The first fishing excursions of the open water season here in central Minnesota are almost always the ice-out, shallow water crappies which usually signals the beginning of our open water exploits. I look forward to this early season because we are all eager to hit the water and crappies are abundant and easy to catch, especially during the early period of May.
After this unbearable winter, we have finally made it into April and we all anticipate open water and the fishing season to come. Because this winter was such a bear, you can expect some hitches in the open water dates and possibly some complications with lakes that are still ice locked.
Most anglers have the idea the more time they spend on the water, the better fisherperson they will become.
There is no doubt this winter of 2013-2014 has been one for the record books. Never in my outdoor career have I ever struggled with weather through a winter season like this one.
I will admit my fascination with crappie fishing through the ice has begun to take precedence over walleyes the past year or so and I have learned many tricks from spending a ton of time on the ice. Here are some tips and tricks I have picked up from fishing many prime crappie lakes through the Midwest. In a nutshell, these tips will work anywhere in the country.
Many of us anglers have always figured the more we spend on outfitting our ice fishing equipment, the better anglers we will be. This is true to a point in terms of clothing, rods and reels, etc., but rarely true in regards to fishing electronics.
It looks like pretty decent ice conditions now that we are entering into the mid period of the ice season and the crappies are hitting on many central Minnesota lakes.