Since the Kawatha Lakes, ON have been open for panfish all year long it has given many ice anglers some exceptional fish days. It can be challenging to locate some of the larger panfish during the winter months and knowing their habits really helps. For example Bluegill and Pumkinseed will continue to feed in shall water around weeds. Depending on the lake you fish, perch and crappie can be shallow, or deep.
Michael Kumar and Bill Selby had a great time catching some big crappie fishing small jigs with live grubs in 20’+ of water from their 2-man portable shelter and with the help of an ice-sonar. Crappie can suspend at different depths and can also be “finicky” to catch. Watching their response to your bait and modifying it to get them to strike is crucial.
In life and fishing, timing is everything! Crappie feeding/catching times are very important and some of the best crappie fishing especially in the winter is the last 2 hrs before dark, and for about 1/2 hr just after dark.