In the old days, crappie fishing was often done with cane poles, or spin cast gear with slip bobbers and minnows. Well, as fishing tackle and technology improved, so have the methods to catch more crappies. The technique called “spider-rigging” has taken crappie fishing to a whole new level and is more effective year round … Read moreSpider Rigging for More Crappie
The lake was like glass as my wife Kris and I headed across the water to a sand flat with newly emerging bulrushes on it.This particular shallow flat is a major spawning area for crappies, sunfish and bluegills each spring. I killed my outboard and dropped the trolling motor to ease us stealthily into where … Read moreSmall Plastics for Big Panfish!
By Tom Dietz A warm southerly wind blew across the thick February ice as I cut a number of holes in a boat channel leading from the main lake. This channel averaged six feet deep, and had a fair amount of fallen timber and other cover present. Saugeyes, crappie, bluegill and perch were all present … Read moreIce Fishing 101
by Tom Dietz The dark, gray clouds moving in from the west covered the setting sun, and heavy snow looked like it was imminent. My close friend and fishing partner Tom Keenan and I were drilling holes on a lake in Vilas county and excited about our first serious ice trip of the year. We … Read moreFirst Ice Walleyes in the Deep Sand Grass