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By icehogger84 - Posted on 19 March 2011

Hey everyone! Icehogger here from Idaho. I read about this website in an In-fisherman article and thought I'd check it out. Guess I joined cause I love these online forums ( and because I've met some great people and share and receive excellent info to feed my fishing addiction.

I own an 05 Tracker Super Guide V-16 and use it mostly in pursuit of crappiei, catfish and sturgeon. I mostly use jigs tipped w/ crawler to catch crappie. Here in Idaho the only live bait you can use is worms. After reading Doug Stange's article about crankin for big crappie I went to cabela's and spent about $40 on cranks to see if I can increase the size of my catch even if it means numbers go down.

Here in Idaho we don't get the big slabs (i.e.2lbs or bigger) on a consistent basis. 10" is the minimum size I keep but most of the time I try to keep it above 11"

Anyway, as my name suggests, I love to ice fish and am going one more time tomorrow. Then it's open water for the crappie. I'll check out the forums but any info sent my way would be greatly appreciated. It's still struggling to get to decent weather on a steady basis, spring time in Idaho. My favorite resevoir has a water temp between 42-45 degrees. If any of you use crankbaits for slabs I am totally new to this method, color, depth, speed, etc. and could and would use any pointers.

Thanks, Hogger

kybusa's picture

welcome to a really resourceful crappiei site...... Central Kentucky here

I just love to catch fish.......simple ain't it!

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Welcome to the site icehogger. I work up in Wyoming so I know what you mean about cold weather. I don't pull cranks yet but that's next on the list to do. I just started spider rigging a few months ago so I'm trying to get use to that first. You'll find a lot of info on here and a great bunch of fishermen who will help anyway they can. Happy perch jerking.

icehogger84's picture

Thanks rdendy! Looking forward to picking up some good pointers on here. All my buddies here in Idaho use tube jigs for crappiei and a few of them think I'm nuts going to plugs. So I really have to do my homework to not look the fool, lol.


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