ANYTHING BUT CRAPPY. The warm up is underway, and light winds will make today and tomorrow perfect days to call in sick with cabin fever and hit the ice! When you do, you know there’s an opportunity for crappies nearby. We talk about three of our favorite tiny flutterspoons for serious slab angling in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Cool as Calicos. A pair of crappies chill out. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 1/18 – Thursday Thaw – Hi 38, Lo 20, Winds SW@8.
Tomorrow: Fri 1/19 – Chance of…rain? – Hi 41, Lo 27, Winds NW@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:20AM Sunset: 5:26PM
Moonrise: 9:16AM Moonset 7:13M
Overhead: 2:12PM Underfoot: 1:48AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (2% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:30 – 9:30AM. Sunrise and moonrise are close enough together to warrant another early start with today’s Edge Hour.
BIG PIMPIN’ Small Swedish Pimple spoons have been a standby for years for crappies. Tipped with a minnowhead or a couple maggots or wax worm, these classic small spoons are the perfect size to be in haled by specks under ice. Try adding a Vingla to the mix as well for added flutter and action with the “wings” giving the lure added resistance in the water.
ONE FOR ALL. The Northland Forage Minnow Spoon is a heavier offering that gets down the column quickly and presents baits with ease via its treble hook. While not as fluttery, during a fast bite the quick drop and subtle shimmy from the slight curve helps get an offering in front of a hungry school.
WENDY’S ORDER? Finally, the smallest of the Frostee spoons (1/16 oz) by Lindy is a crappie killer. Tipped with a maggot or waxie, this little gem has great action and is tiny in size. Light line and a sensitive rod will deliver this tiny package to even the most finicky crappie and convert it.
Stock Up and Stay Sharp.