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Crappie at Pineview?
This has been a weird year for crappie. Has anyone started to catch them at night yet?Fish On
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Re: [muirco] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
The crappie are definitely hiding out. Went today at 04:30 in the morning with high hopes of getting into some. Seen several bunches of suspended fish in a lot of areas and never got any of them to bite. I'm starting to wonder if the suspended fish we're seeing are even crappies at all.
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Re: [perchound] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
I can tell you they are crappie and they are definitely stubborn this year. A buddy and myself went out Sunday and iced a whopping total of 6 Crappie from 8-2:00. Moved around a little and found small perch. Moved back to the crappie holes and not a bite. Hitting on the normal crappie rigs. Meal worms, waxies, and crawlers. None more than the other.


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Re: [perchound] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
What would they be?
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Re: [perchound] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
I put the camera down after not getting bit by the suspended fish. The only fish I could ID was the schools at 18-22’ deep in 32 fow. They were perch. I never got to look at the fish between 12-15 deep. I have a guess they were minnows of some sort. They were stacked in there heavy enough I should have seen them if they had any size. A lot of the perch I caught were coughing up small partially digested minnows I could not identify. I never saw a crappie either on my line or on the camera. I really hope the crappie show up- I can only cull one keeper perch in 8 for so long. I did get 4 over 10”- so there’s that on the bright side.
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Re: [crappie_rangler] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
During the day or night?
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Re: [muirco] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
It was Sunday during the day. We are heading back up Friday night if the weather doesn’t take all the ice this week Wink


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Re: [crappie_rangler] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
Maybe I will see you up there. I have been sending out texts to my buddies to also go up Friday night. I marked crappie in 44 ft of water on Sunday before moving shallower for perch. That was during the day also though.
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Re: [muirco] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
Every year is different on Pineview...and most other lakes. On Pineview it is always a food chain thing.

Some years the availability of baby perch and crappies for forage is low, and the fish pattern on invertebrates...like zooplankton and daphnia. Those years the crappies will feed heavily at night...down near the bottom...and the bitty bites come up out of the mud on the bottom. You can see them on sonar as the little buglets form a narrow cloud just off the bottom...and then the crappies moving in to feed on them. When they do that you can catch a bunch.

Like a lot of other anglers I have observed that suspended fish are usually not the most active. That is especially true with crappies. They will feed on whatever food is available...day or night...and then suspend and move slowly while they digest their food. And while metabolism is lower in the cold water, they feed less often.

An exception to the above is that if there are lots of baby perch...like this year...the perchlets also suspend at different depths to feed on zooplankton or whatever they are feeding on. Then the crappies and larger perch will follow the young perch. But if they are well fed they do not bite as readily.

While I gave up ice fishing a couple of years ago, I still get a lot of feedback from fellow anglers who do fish Pineview. The ones who are most successful usually do not broadcast their "trade secrets". But here are a couple of tips gleaned from recent chats with guys who are catching more fish.

1. Do you want to catch fewer dinks and more larger fish? Ditch the tiny jigs and use something closer to the size of the baby perch...1.5 to 2 inches. Small jigging spoons in perch pattern are a good place to start. And tip the hooks with a perch eye or small piece of perch meat. Using a larger flasher ahead of a small jig can work to bring the fish in too. Something like the Hali jigs...or the "Holy Jigs" I make. Again, tip the small jigs with perch meat.

2. Use your sonar to locate the fish. Then work your jigs just above them. If you can coax a fish to rise up out of the school, that fish is more active and is more likely to bite. That works especially well for big perch with their bellies on the bottom. But it is also effective in working a suspended school of either perch or crappies.

I am attaching a couple of pics from a past year when conditions were similar. I used 1/4 oz. casting spoons in firetiger finish...with perch meat. I also used the "Holy Jigs" a lot...catching both perch and crappies on both lures.

image/jpeg TODAY'S TOAD.jpg (281 KB)
image/jpeg OVER 10.jpg (199 KB)
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Re: [muirco] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
I'm thinking they are schools of small perch, I'm sure that some may be crappie but I have nothing to back that up. With the amount of perch and crappie minnows that are being puked up by other fish I catch, I think there is an over abundance of young fish. This may be why people are seeing the cats swimming up high near the surface to cause I have never seen that.
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Re: [TubeDude] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
Tks T.D. -- good info and helpful suggs for us Pineview piscovators.....I haven't tried there at night yet this season, and just ran into the dinks on my day trip last week.....good biology, along with some dumb luck, just might work for me....tks again....
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Re: [TubeDude] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
Thanks for that info TD! Lines up perfect with what I saw on my finder last year on the nightbite vs this year in the day. Gonna try PV again today and I'll try putting some of that info to good use. Wink


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Re: [muirco] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
Some have suggested that they must be baitfish and the crappies are all dead.
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Re: [Springbuck] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
The crappies have al died off and you can only catch smaller perch (occasionally a 10”er) and cats!Wink


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Re: [crappie_rangler] Crappie at Pineview? In reply to
Was at pineview last weekend and can confirm that there are lots of small perch suspended this year. Had a camera out because we were marking alot suspended...99% of them were perch in up to 50ft of water. Every so often we would see a few crappies mixed in with the suspended perch...but never saw an entire school of crappies. Moved around a lot and drilled a lot of holes. Finally decided to just fish perch and had our most production in 25-35 FOW from 2-4pm. Of the 45 or so we caught only had 5 that hit the 10" mark.