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Finding Crappies

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Where on lakes do crappies hang out around this time of year? Any info would be helpful.

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We have out best luck in new growth weeds and around docks until the water warms up then we move to deep weeds and rock piles.

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I read statements like this "until the water warms up" all the time and wonder to myself . . . at what temperature is the water "warmed up?"

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I've heard that at water temp of 75 degrees the crappies move deeper to find cooler water. Until then, they stick around where they can find the most food.

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Lakes are stratified already. Found some nice pre-spawn fish in extreme northern Minnesota over the weekend that were holding tight to weed edges in about 7 feet. Gorgeous new growth cabbage and old railroad pilings. Things are still a ways off up there. Our lilac bush hadn't even bloomed yet.

In southern Minnesota, I found some on nests and some hanging back near the first breakline...This lake already had a thermocline, so before long they will be roaming some or at the very least hanging deeper. 68 degrees on the surface, 50 degrees 25 feet down on a 60 foot lake...thermocline was at about 22-23 feet, but it will vary from lake to lake.

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Like da_chise said, I've been finding most of my crappies on the developing weedlines in primarily 8-12ft, with a few stragglers shallower and deeper. I've been finding the greatest concentrations of fish on the weed points and inside turns, and even a few on rock points as well.

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Ive been finding most of my crappies at the bottom of my 5 gallon bucket smile

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Beauty weekend for crappies for once. Nothing better than right off the dock and into the pan, YUM! So what if I can't find walleye's this year...

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