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heavygear88
01-12-2016, 03:52 PM
I fish a lake that has very little structure in the deeper water. Every brush pile is in between 1-10 ft of water. However I have found a weed line that's fairly large that seems to be holding a lot of fish, it's about 20ft deep. The water temp is about 43 degrees. Anyone have any luck finding crappie in weed lines like this or in shallower structure in the winter

lowe175
01-12-2016, 04:31 PM
Yes sir crappie love the weed lines.

NJcrappie
01-12-2016, 05:17 PM
Yes the crappie will be there.

trypman1
01-12-2016, 06:01 PM
They love it, weed lines are a great draw. Run your jigs down and wait for the bite. Fish very slow in 43 degree water.

heavygear88
01-12-2016, 09:33 PM
Thanks guys. I'm new to winter fishing. You always here people talk about stumps and trees but I haven't really heard a lot about weed beds. I'll be sure to hit that spot now.

SeaRay
01-12-2016, 10:18 PM
One of my old time fishing buddies (now departed) took a potato rake and put a long (10ft) aluminum pipe handle in it. He would reach into a weed bed and clear out a spot about 3 or 4 ft diameter and wait a few minutes for it to settle down, then drop a jig or minnow in it. Turns out the crappie are all in the weeds, not just along the edges.

smoothlures
01-12-2016, 10:49 PM
Yessir especially black crappie.

heavygear88
01-12-2016, 11:12 PM
Yeah this lake only has black crappie in it. And as far as the potato rake, that's y I joined this site, the old wisdom floating around here is awesome.

huntinslabs
01-13-2016, 07:18 AM
One of my old time fishing buddies (now departed) took a potato rake and put a long (10ft) aluminum pipe handle in it. He would reach into a weed bed and clear out a spot about 3 or 4 ft diameter and wait a few minutes for it to settle down, then drop a jig or minnow in it. Turns out the crappie are all in the weeds, not just along the edges.

Standard procedure round here.

skeetbum
01-13-2016, 07:50 PM
Less movement is what I used in cold water. Deadstick we called it.

doggone
01-13-2016, 08:00 PM
most lakes that have good grass beds you have to fish it a large part of the time....because that's where they will be a large part of the year. There are lakes I fished before they had grass and it was the usual brush and timber and stump fields and rock structure etc.....after the grass came in have to spend 60 to 70 percent of your time there to catch anything. It has about 5 or 6 things going for it that make it a fish attractant.Especially for the sunfish like crappie,bluegill,and bass.

heavygear88
01-14-2016, 12:45 AM
Well I believe that explains the situation I'm runnin into on this lake. The only type of cover that's deep on this lake is this particular weed line. And on the fish finder it looks like a minefield of fish, but I always hear about brush and that type of structure so I haven't really fished it yet. Looks like I'm gonna be hitting it up now.