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    I bought a new 14' jon boat for fishing in Chattahoochee river. We went fishing 2weekend ago at night under bridge, water was 30 feet deep under the bridge. We used green light and attracted plenty of bait fish all night long. We did not see any big fish in the fish finder and did catch any fish.
    My question, at what location do I need to fish at night for crappie?

    This river has plenty of boat docks. Will dock shooting get me some fish in spring, summer, fall and winter?

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    Shooting docks can be productive year round. Spring, fall and winter prove to be the better months on the water I fish. Marinas are a great place to find crappie as well. As far as docks, look for ones that have lights shining onto the water, those are docks people fish from and have done things to make the fish want to be there. Docks close to deeper water are also a good draw. The fish don't care what a dock looks like. I used to shoot one that other's would avoid. It was pretty ramshackled and falling apart in places. Spider webs so thick your jig would get stuck and dangle above the water. Once I got the webs shot out it was loaded with post spawn fish. Nice, shady, and quiet. Best of luck to you.
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    When fishing in a river ... if it has much in the way of flow ... you always want to fish downstream of any obstruction, or any eddy water areas. Downed trees, exposed root wads on the bottom, bridge pillars (obstructions) ... inside curve of a bend (eddy water) all deserve checking out. Around anything that slows down or diverts current is a likely place to find fish.

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    Thanks a lot guys for your advice.
    I am planning to go for dock shooting in day time in few weeks, nights are getting cold in as fall approaching. There's are lots of downed trees over here and deep water close to the docks.
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    Dock shooting can be very addictive
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    Quote Originally Posted by DockShootinJack View Post
    Shooting docks can be productive year round. Spring, fall and winter prove to be the better months on the water I fish. Marinas are a great place to find crappie as well. As far as docks, look for ones that have lights shining onto the water, those are docks people fish from and have done things to make the fish want to be there. Docks close to deeper water are also a good draw. The fish don't care what a dock looks like. I used to shoot one that other's would avoid. It was pretty ramshackled and falling apart in places. Spider webs so thick your jig would get stuck and dangle above the water. Once I got the webs shot out it was loaded with post spawn fish. Nice, shady, and quiet. Best of luck to you.
    Do crappies stay under dock during spawning and pre spawn time?

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    They will spawn under docks if they are the depth they want to spawn at. A pier built dock in my mind is flooded timber with shade over top. One big giant stake bed. Lot of dock owners sink brush at there docks so look for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DockShootinJack View Post
    They will spawn under docks if they are the depth they want to spawn at. A pier built dock in my mind is flooded timber with shade over top. One big giant stake bed. Lot of dock owners sink brush at there docks so look for that.
    Thanks for the great tips.

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    Most welcome
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    Another quick question, where are the bait fishes in winter?

    Thanks.

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