Panfish anglers know that spring is one of the best times to target Crappie in water as shallow as 2′. Mud bottom bays, canals, and fishing around inlets/outlets are some of the hot-spots. In many cases you can locate some of the biggest Crappie right from shore.
Our good friend Josh Westerink who regularly fishes the Kawartha Lakes, ON has been catching them from shore and from his boat. You can see that some of his Crappie are passing the 12″ length size and definitely qualify as “slabs”.
Josh’s go-to outfit is an ultralight loaded with 4-6 lb. test, sensitive balsa float and small 1/8 -1/16 oz jigheads with 1-2 1/2″ plastic grubs fished suspended in the water column.