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Spoonminnow
11-25-2017, 09:04 AM
Yesterday was pretty mild compared to the last five days, but the cold nights have dropped the water temperature to 38 degrees making even a 5-10 mph breeze uncomfortable. But as with any cold weather fishing, warm clothes and a bright sun make an outing worth the discomfort (unless ya gotta go!)

When air temperature goes down so does my mental stamina. You can't go into a daze casting like a robot and expect to catch fish. Fish are in a variety of depths and proximity to shorelines and your lure is the true and only fish finder. If my mind was more active, I would have put a buoy marker out after catching fish rather than have to guess after my boat drifted away while taking fish off the hook.

I've found that even a boat's wind-re-position 10 yards away from where fish were caught can affect where casts should have been as in the case of a small tight school or group of fish. But again, the cold made me lazy and the buoy marker wasn't used. But at least general areas were learned and a few patterns evolved.

Granted, 18 fish (crappie, sunfish, mostly y.perch and small bass) are nothing to brag about, but every outing is a, well-I'll-be learning experience and better than just sitting around the house, wondering how the fishing was while sitting in the sun on the back porch.

https://i.imgur.com/AcjoCBv.jpghttps://i.imgur.com/m12Z0Fo.jpg?1

https://i.imgur.com/t7uLivi.jpg

As usual for cold water, 1/32 oz was my only choice along with just a few lure designs 2" or less in length - including the experimental design below that didn't disappoint- a cut-paddle tail worm:
https://i.imgur.com/MHU267b.jpg

I've been known to be the only boat on the water the day after Xmas. (Of course that's when I was many years younger.)

:biggrin

trypman1
11-25-2017, 09:10 AM
Thanks for the report, I am a winter crappie fisherman also.

Crestliner08
11-25-2017, 09:21 AM
Nice report! We're going to have a mini-warm-up this coming week and we're hoping to be able to launch the boat, if the ice isn't formed yet.

sinkermaker
11-25-2017, 09:29 AM
Good report thanks

icejohn
11-25-2017, 07:43 PM
I went out last week here in upstate ny when air temp was 38-40' the water temp about 47' wind 10-15mph....didn't do much drifting but hit a good spot...anchored and stayed put for 2hrs..caught 35 nice y.perch mostly with 3/8oz jigging spoon...cold day but was great.281085

Slabprowler
11-25-2017, 07:53 PM
Great post as always thanks for sharing!

Potatoe
11-25-2017, 08:45 PM
I gave up to soon, was super warm this weekend. Still learning where to find them

Getting ready for ice but could be awhile

Spoonminnow
11-25-2017, 09:14 PM
Strange that we both did well with perch in cold water... Seems they were the most aggressive of the species.

Zman
11-25-2017, 09:23 PM
Yes, thanks for a good report , and I like hearing about every trip. Cold weather and warm weather [emoji106]


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Spoonminnow
11-25-2017, 09:35 PM
Thanks everyone. I'll post more outing results with pictures and details such as tackle and presentation.

Crestliner08
11-26-2017, 06:59 AM
Icejohn - what kind(s) of jigging spoons do you use? Have you tried blade baits like the Silver Buddy?

Spoonminnow
11-26-2017, 09:03 AM
I have used the Silver Buddy but never caught a fish on it. Soft plastics in certain designs and 1/32 oz jigheads have caught more fish than any other lure - and big fish at that! There is no season for these baits that they don't work. Here are a few of the designs:

Thin Tail Minnow (aka Spoon Minnow)

https://i.imgur.com/Y2dAHza.jpghttps://i.imgur.com/T1hNLBj.jpg?1

Thin Paddle Tail Grub
https://i.imgur.com/QhiIwJt.jpg?1https://i.imgur.com/747Z24s.jpg

Thin Paddle Tail Worm
https://i.imgur.com/m12Z0Fo.jpg?1https://i.imgur.com/Oo5dCeI.jpg?1https://i.imgur.com/ffehIfl.jpg?1

and of course the Soft Cone Tail Grub also exemplified by the Crappie Magnet
https://i.imgur.com/yJNtmo5.jpg?2https://i.imgur.com/gGHgcFi.jpg?1

Shad tail and curly tail grubs don't seem to do the job mainly because when paused have no action and reveal a shape fish lose interest in especially in cold water, whereas linear tails always demonstrate a subtle action when paused that keep a fish's attention and build up an aggression level resulting in a strike. Lure shape, action and near dead stop pauses are my bread & butter lure characteristics.