Category: crappie

hi italo,do you have any idea what the seasonal movements of crappie in grenadier pond would be? would they be catchable from shore right now? would they still be coming into the river by the bridge at mounts berg also?

Posted on November 7th, 2020

Hi Brad, crappie will migrate to shallow water again in the fall as they do in the spring. When water temps drop below 50F is the best time to locate them shallow especially near moving water, culverts, inflow/outflows of lakes. Most of their migration into those shallow-water areas occurs at dusk and just after dark…God bless you.

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hi italo, i’ve been targeting crappie in grenadier pond in toronto. i caught one on what was the warmest evening we’ve had so far, but otherwise i’ve just gotten a few bluegills. i’ve been fishing with a 2″ grub on a jig. any advice on how to increase my catch?

Posted on May 15th, 2019

Hi Brad, I caught my first crappie in Grenadier Pond. They should be more active as the water warms up. I would continue to fish a small plastic grub with a sensitive float. I just show a crappie TV show up in the Kawartha’s and did really well fishing the 3″ Lunker City Hellgies and the Fishing Compete Lil Thumper….God bless you.

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Hi Italo, love your show and have watched it since I was a child. I’m really interested in finding some crappie in the Niagara region. I know they are around in the Dunnville area but would love to find some closer to home. Thanks

Posted on April 23rd, 2019

Hi Alex, thank you for your kind words, glad you continue to enjoy our TV shows and videos. There are a few good areas to fish crappie in the Niagara Region but as you know, timing is everything. Here is a list/l

-Welland Recreational Canal, Welland, ON – both sides of the canal at Dane City.

-Welland River, Welland, ON – fishing the bridge abutments off River Road near the Welland Airport, at the creek that flows into the Welland River off Lincoln St., Welland,

-Gibson Lake culverts and bridges off Beaverdams Rd.

-Martindale Pond off Martindale Rd., Port Dalhousie.

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Hi can you tell me which lake to catch crappies?I’m from mississauga .thanks

Posted on April 27th, 2017

Hi Jonathan, there are many lakes in southern Ontario that have good crappie fishing in shallow bays and marina basins right now. This includes;

  • Kawartha Lakes
  • Lake Simcoe
  • Darlington Bay, Lake Ontario
  • Grenadier Pond, Toronto
  • Grand River & Hamilton Conservations Area reservoirs like Mountsberg, Valens, etc.
  • Guelph Lake, ON
  • Puslinch Lake, ON
  • Grand River

The key is to find shallow areas in bays and especially where creeks and canals enter the main body of water. Crappie move in and out of areas regularly so timing is important. Sometimes they are in the shallow early and late in the day only. Other times all days. As soon as the waters warm up they move our from shallow areas and disperse in the main bodies of water.

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Hi Italo. I love watching your show every chance I can get. Love how ya involve your puppy Mulagain (if spelt right) Now for my question. I live between North Bay and Mattawa Ontario. I would love to do some crappie fishing from shore if possible. Were would be the best nearest place to fish for them. Thank you for all your hard work in bringing us awesome fishing shows and tips. Keep up the great job and I look forward to hearing from ya. Peter

Posted on May 12th, 2016

Hi Peter, thank you for your kind words. I love to fish with Mulligan and my wife Barb. When Barb can’t join me, Mulligan usually can! The only crappie fishing spot near you that I know of is on Ahmic Lake off Golf Course Rd. almost across from Woodland Echoes Resort. It’s been a while since I have been there, but I know it produced really good size crappie in the spring. Most of the other areas I know are further south on Hwy.#11 or Hwy. #400.

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If you don’t mind driving south-west, there is some good crappie shore-fishing stretch near Port Severn. Just type these coordinates on the Google Map, 44.801923, -79.732964 …God bless you.

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Hi Italo, hope all is well. As far as crappie and walleye fishing in the fall, will the fish be holding in the same areas they were in spring or should I look for them in other places. I will be fishing mostly lake St Clair and river area

Posted on August 30th, 2015

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In most cases both walleye and crappie will be find in similar locations when the “photo-period” (length of day vs. length of night), and water temperatures are similar.  For both species some of the best success will be just before dark and the first hour after dark.

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Hi Italo, My luck in crappie fishing is not very good at all and I was hoping that you can help me ?.I am fishing this wkend at Upper Buckhorn around Curve Lake do you know of any hot spots to catch crappies? Any information will be of great help. I will be fishing early morning.Thank you, your shows are outstanding.

Posted on May 4th, 2015

 

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Thank you for your kind words. I am more familiar with the spring Crappie fishing in Pigeon Lake than Upper Buckhorn. If you have a boat, I would encourage you to make the run and check the following areas on Pigeon: marina inlet & docks at Happy Days Houseboat Rentals (on the west shore, just north of Grenadier Island), Long Point Bay (west-shore, going towards Bobcaygeon, ON), & the inlets & marina basin to the west of Three Sisters Shoal. I have more spring crappie spots, but they are at the north end of the lake around the Ouse River mouth. Crappie will be shallow now in water less than 7′ deep, around docks and in marina basin channels. Timing is critical. They can be there throughout the day, or just move in just before dark. Best presentation is to use a sensitive “slip-bobber” rig with 4-lb. test monofilament and 1/8 oz. jigheads/1″ plastic grub.

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One of my favorite grubs to use are the TriggerX Creature grubs for panfish.

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Hi Italo,Do you know if the crappies are out in the shallows in Rice Lake, and what time of the day is the best time to catch.? What are the best crankbaits and soft baits to use?Thank you

Posted on April 19th, 2015

Yes, they are. You can catch them all day long, but early morning & especially at dusk will be best (and even after dark). You can cast small crankbaits like the Rapala Ultralight series , but most anglers fish a 1/8 oz. jig with a 1-2″ plastic grub. The TriggerX like of “creature-grubs” is a really good choice fished on light line and under a slip-bobber.

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hi was fishing for crappie fishing outside of Kingston ontairo was doing relly good lots nice 10 inces but last week so the ice is 24 inches depth 13 ft were been fishing tell me were to look for late season crappies

Posted on March 12th, 2015

Hi Andy…Sounds like you are doing well for crappie through the ice. Late season ice-crappie will be moving shallower and closer to any moving water they can detect. With the thaw we are having, key areas to target is fishing on safe ice out from drainage ditches and small creeks that go into area where you are fishing. Once the ice melts and shoreline water reaches 42F they will move right into water less than 6′ deep….God bless you, Italo

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Hi Italo can you please give me the hook size of the jig. I want to purchase some but was thinking with the large mouth on a crappie maybe a size 4 or even 2 hook or should I stick with 6 or 8

Posted on March 2nd, 2015

Hi Rad…I think you are OK with sizes 6 & 8, I have not had any problems hooking even large crappie….God bless you, Italo

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