Crapping Fishing in Ohio

By: Daniel Eggertsen

Are you planning on crappie fishing in the great state of Ohio? There are many wonderful places to fish for crappie all over the state but if this is your plan, you need to learn as much as you can about the area and where you will be fishing. Ohio has many great lakes, rivers and other water sources for fishing for crappie. When fishing for crappie in Ohio, you need to take the weather conditions into consideration as well. It's important that you learn about the patterns that crappie can have depending on the season and the weather.

In Ohio lakes and rivers, crappie are most often found in the deeper waters near main-lake and main-river structures. They will usually be a few feet down, depending on the temperature and water visibility. You can often find them along the main channels and near schools of baitfish. Sometimes you will need to experiment with different baits and also with different water depths until you find the best results. This is the best way to get crappie to respond to your efforts and make great catches. So what else do you need to know about crappie fishing in Ohio?

In the winter months, the crappie may seem less active but they're still there. The trick is in knowing where they are. Just like the weather, crappie will have different stages and this influences the way they behave. If you live in a colder area of Ohio, the crappie may still be locked into their winter patterns even later in the year such as past February. In warmer areas, they will have already fallen into a spring pattern by February or the latest, March.

Crappie are most often found in the middle depths of the waters you are fishing in. therefore, if the waters are 40 feet deep, you can find crappie around 20 feet or so. If the lake or river is 20 feet deep, you may find the crappie around 8-10 feet under. If the sun is bright and the water is clear, they may be a few feet deeper than you would normally find them. When it gets near dusk and the sun is going down, they may surface more.

When crappie are spawning, they tend to be closer to the surface and also closer to the water's edge. They like to hang out in trees and other brush areas near the water edge and they are easier to catch here during spawning season. The amount of daylight, temperatures of the water and other factors will also contribute to their spawning cycles as well. When you learn to track the patterns of the spawn, you can catch crappie most any time of year in Ohio.

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