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 (iceshanty.com and myfishfinder.com) 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.