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    Default night fishing for crappie?

    I was curious as to if anyone around here in Iowa ever fished for crappie at night? As in like after sundown to sunup? I had heard crappie fishing was better at night. But I havent had any luck from a boat anyways. tried fishing shallows hoping to find them while spawn was on. Im new at fishing from a boat so that might be part of the no luck so far??

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    I have fished Rathbun with the green submersible light a number of years ago with pretty good success. Just cant stay awake that long anymore.

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    Pretty much all of my fishing now is night fishing due to other commitments. I find transition zones (deeper to shallower) and put my light down.

    It works really well. Most states it is legal but some states like MN have banned them (lights are REALLY effective on walleyes)

    Give it a try and you will find it to be a lot of fun and nice peaceful time. Just be prepped for different types of weather.
    At night the cooling will make you want to go from shorts to pants and alot of times fog will role in which mean you will want to have rain gear so you dont get wet.
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    I have two of these lights https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    which are white submersible lights. Im curious as to how deep do I put these lights? Just below the water surface? Do I need to get a a green light to bring in plankton/bait fish?


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    I would recommend you go down 6-10 feet. White light dissipates the quickest in the water so you will not see as much glow as the green/blue lights.
    If the water is under 10 feet I would recommend 3'.
    This also depends on how murkey the water is.

    I always try to find out how deep the crappies are and then put the light 2-3 feet above them as specs like to feed looking up.

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