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Fishing Report for Crappie using Vertical Jigging Deep (20'+) in Winter

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Kevin Rogers

Gold Ambassador

1/6/23

  • Species

    Crappie

  • Season

    Winter

  • Technique

    Vertical Jigging 20'+

  • Structure

    Open Water/Basin

  • Forage

    Shad

  • Water Temperature

    44°

World famous for its bass fishing, it is a top ten crappie lake as well! I fished Lake of the Pines the day prior and drove over to Lake Fork. I prefer Pines over Fork in the dead of winter only because the crappie relate to structure better at Pines. The crappie at Lake Fork where in the middle of the main creek channel right under the bait (shad), open water not relating to any cover/structure. The crappie where 25’ down over 35’ – 40’ of water and schooled up big time, like they should be in winter. Only issue was trying to keep up with the school as they moved. Easily done with Live scope, without might have been impossible. Downsizing was the key on Lake Fork. I was using a 1/32oz hair jig with a bobber stopper above the hair jig to get it down to the fish in a hurry but still have a small compact jig to present to the crappie, this technique has been deadly since forward facing sonar has come out. I ended the day with a limit of black and white crappie both, all over 1.8 lbs. Few lakes in the country where you can do this.

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