This is the time of year you might have to move around to find the fish you are after. And this means driving some to reach a good lake.
This time of year the two most sought after fish are smallmouth bass and crappie. It is for sure that you will have to drive some to larger lakes to find good crappie fishing. Most of our smaller area lakes are low and have very off-colored water because of winter turnover and heavy recent rains. Larger deeper lakes are far less affected by this type of activity and can always provide a spot to find good crappie action.
Crappie will remain active in cooler water during the winter months. This makes it a favorite of winter anglers. Baits for this fish are mostly small jigs or tube baits. These are the main baits most anglers use. Crappie are very color-picky at times so using the right color at the right time is very important. There is a mix of colors that will work in most situations — red, white, green chartreuse, black, pink and blue are all good on their own or as a two-tone on a bait. Live minnows also work good most all the time.
So if you’re looking for good winter crappie fishing then check out some of the larger lakes in Kentucky and Tennessee for your best fishing trip.