October a great month to fish for crappies

I look forward to fall every year because now that the bass tournament season is over, I get to spend some time chasing other species around.
We’re blessed here in Sunset Country to have a world-class fishery for walleyes, crappies, pike, musky, lake trout, and, of course bass, not to mention some of the other less popular fish that inhabit our lakes.
October may provide some of the finest crappie fishing of the year and anglers can take advantage of high activity levels to put a few fish on the table.
Crappies exist in many of the bays on Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake, as well as a handful of smaller inland lakes, and they are easy to find in the fall when they move to the deepest basins in the bays that they live in.
These are typically 30- to 40-foot depths and most times, crappies will suspend three-10 feet off the bottom, especially when they are really active. They really like small, isolated holes in these basins, as well.
If there is a large area of 30-foot water, with a small sections that stretches down to 40 feet, look around the 40-foot hole and there is a good chance it will be loaded with crappies.
The first time I ever caught crappies was on Thanksgiving weekend about 15 years ago. Gord Pyzer used to live a block away from my parents’ house and I used to beg him to take me fishing. We went crappie fishing and caught a bunch.
He was smart because he knew that if he was going to have any fun fishing with a wild 10-year-old, he better catch some fish!
We had a great day and I have been in love with crappies ever since. They are so great because if you find them, the action is usually hot and anybody can catch them.
Forget the live bait with fall crappies. Instead, rig up 1/8 oz. jigs with small plastic tails or tube bodies. They will bite them just fine, especially the scented variety like Slurpies and Gulp.
When you begin fishing, let the mood of the crappies determine how they want the jig and plastic presented. Some days holding your bait just above the fish is the best way to entice bites. Other times, snap jigging and letting the jig fall back into the school works well.
Use a spinning rod, rig it up with six-pound test mono, and you will catch some big slabs.

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