Crappie fishingCrappie & Perch Fishing

What’s in a name, right? Believe it or not, this ironically named fish is actually one of the tastiest critters that swim in Lake of the Woods!

Crappie anglers arm themselves with a combination of light rods and reels, and light terminal tackle; many days, it takes the tiniest of micro baits to entice a crappie to hit. Once hooked, crappie put up a spirited fight all the way to the boat.

Crappie are found in the deepest holes through winter and into the open water season. Spring is a time of transition for the crappie, and as the longer days start warming the water in shallow bays, crappie will begin to migrate toward the shallower water to start staging for the spawn.

Successful spawning can occur in the shallow waters when the temperatures are between 62-67 degrees. Since they are open year-round, many of Meline’s guests take advantage of the early spring weather, and target crappie as the first chance to fish from a boat in the season… and let’s not forget about the first crappie shore lunch of the year! It sure does shake out those winter cobwebs!

We filmed an awesome ice fishing show with Babe Winkelman for Perch and Crappie which aired in 2010. If you would like to see the show, please let us know and we will send you a DVD copy.