I've been checking a backwater area of the Mississippi for a couple weeks now and drove by it yesterday and last Friday. Ice still covered the area I wanted to fish on Friday but yesterday is appeared that the ice had receded enough to cast a jig/plastic back along the ice shelf so this morning my fishing pal and I hit. What a good call it turned out to be.
My second cast got things started and for the next hour it was basically a fish a cast. The crappies were mixed sizes and after an hour we had maybe 15-16 fish in the 12" range.
A bonus today was perch. I have no idea why they were there as the water is about 17 feet deep in this location and we were fishing down to about 5 feet under slip floats. The perch, mostly in the 12"-13" range, hit the same 2-1/4 Small Fry bait as the crappies were hitting. The water right in this spot is featureless so those perch have me puzzled but noy complaining. Perch dinner tonight! I kept 7 of the dudes.
This was our second open water trip and it paid off in a big way. Thursday will find us right back at it. The forecast calls for rain and mixed precip with highs in a low 30's. It was 17 degrees when we started this morning and it didn't slow things down at all so some rain or snow won'tdo much to hamper us. Got new rain gear and looking to put it to the test.