Nice and rockin the Skifish blue gloves.
Thanks Brian, appreciate the info. Makes a lot of sense. In the past I've run into them around this time of year fishing for bass and I'll get one or two bigger ones that eat a lipless or a spinnerbait. Other than when they're really shallow to spawn, I never really target them. One of the last times out, I knew the crappie would be trouble because the guy I always talk to out on the pond wasn't getting them on a crappie tube under a float.Mike,
I have a couple local ponds by me that hold crappie, I can tell you this, the crappie patterns are about as consistent as the stock market. One thing I have learned chasing those little bastards over the years, they do not become predictable until the water temps are at least 55.0 degrees and then magic time (spawn) water temps (59.0-63.0). My guess is the brief warm spell we had, all of 2 days moved those crappies on a "search and feed" mode, busting out of their winter slumber. The weather dropped as well as the water temps and sent those fish back into the deeper parts of the pond /lake. While they are holding on the bottom you won't get them to bite unless you float live bait (preferably minnows) in front of them and you have to get it down to them.
I won't even start targeting the crappie by my house until the water temps reach daily average mid to upper 50's.
(hope that helps somewhat).