A big percentage of crappies pile in deep holes this time of year, but those spots can shut down in the middle of the day. Depending on the lake…sunshine, predators and angling pressure can all push slabs up into the weeds around the edge of the hole.
Jason Mitchell likes fishing areas where there’s 4-7′ of water between the top of the weeds and the bottom of the ice. He fishes the top-half of the water column for nicer fish ‘cuz the smaller ones are more reluctant to lift up out of the weeds (since they’re prey for bass, pike, etc).
Crazy how now-a-days we can learn a lifetime of crappie knowledge in a few minutes:
Jason was using a Clam Drop Jig XL (white/pink glow) with a Maki Spiiki (red). Said he can make it look like anything a crappie eats: quiver ’em to replicate an invertebrate or use bigger strokes to look like a minnow.
Seen it in person, but still can’t believe how hard he pounds his bait to call fish in. Almost looks fake until you see him set the hook (again and again). #Works