late report... Went out Saturday AM with a couple of buddies. Fished some rock piles on road bed where I have found some decent gills in years past. Used Tungsten jigs tipped with plastics and waxies or spikes Marked a few fish caught one small 7" gill. fished the top of pile and a couple of the deeper sides.....too cold to hole hop. Nothing like it has been in years past. Moved to trees around noon. Set up in 30' of water away from everyone and found a fairly aggressive school of crappies. Stacked up From 5' to 10' off of bottom and no huge schools of shad running around. We managed 3 dozen or so fish for 2 of us, but no size ( this spot has always held big fish). Lots of 8s and some 9s. Fish caught on tungsten Mooska with finesse plastics. When It got dark fish were caught on a glow Swedish pimple tipped with a waxie. We left around 8 and took five, 9.5 " fish for me and my son to eat.
Current report... Went out with my father yesterday. Took him back to the spot in trees we fished on Saturday. Hoping for a good time and maybe a few bigger fish that were marked but not caught on Saturday. We were fishing by 830. We marked fish right away and got to work. Then the schools of shad came in and seemed to ruin it all. In between clouds of shad on the graph we would catch a couple bt the shad seemed to disrupt the school of crappies every time they came through to the point that we weren't marking many suspended crappie at all by mid afternoon. We may have managed a dozen fish. Should have moved bt was pretty cold to go hunting and hoped that things would pick up as we had only fished this spot PM on Saturday.
Most of the ice is snow covered now but spikes were still a must to pull gear out on the light fluffy snow. Hope to get out there a few times next week when we get some better temps for moving around to find the fish.
Good luck out there!