I’m 100 percent positive I even took video it was a mix of everything all the smaller ones were on surface and bigger ones were underneath I did fairly well last year this time of year but the water levels were about a foot higher in some of the channels on the lower half of the chain the water was 48 degrees I figured I’d really get into them there n there was very little boat pressure some shore guys and I came by some docks I could see all the gills sunbathing about a foot b neath the surface crappies just beneath them cruises away came back dropped anchor quietly let line out n threw everything at them and still nada o well thanks for the input guys starting to think it was just me lol
Fox Chain, Lake County
Cripler, Are you sure they weren't all shad? The shad will stack thick in the channels in early spring. Best advice I can give to you when fishing channels this time of year is make a few casts at each dock, or each dock piling and if you don't get bit, move on to the next. The fish stack up tight, close to cover. You could potentially have 100 fish in a 8x8 area and if your cast is not spot on, you won't get bit.
depth, color & the size of your bait makes a big difference.
Water temp is critical...find the warmest. Also, make sure u keep appropriate distance from the fish...not good IF they see u.
I like some small waves or cover as I noticed fish will bite w more confidence which increases my chances of catching them.
Good luck & let us know of your success! PTC
MOON PHASE (19%)
Cripler -- Sometimes during this time of year my go to panfish jig is a small pink Mighty-Bite. They're little jigs that come in the plastic tube that every baitshop has on the counter. They work wonders believe it or not. Slowly retrieve the bite over the heads of whatever your seeing and maybe add a small drop here and there. Works for all species of panfish beautifully but you'll also get plenty of bass and the occasional northern. On a side note anyone know a good spot to find some massive carp on the Chain? It doesn't take long to see carp on the fox although I'm looking for a spot where a lot of 25-30lbers congregate. Thanks. GL out there.
So I fished the chain this past Sunday most channels already had boats n shore fishermen however I found at least 6 channels that were only 2-21/2 feet deep with TONS n I mean Tons of blue gills crappies perch and Shad of all sizes however I could not get them to bite ANYTHING I tried plastics red worms night crawlers wax worms and I could not buy a bite only thing I could think of is that the water was too shallow or something was it just me or is this common this time of year water temps started at 40 at the launch and some of the southern lakes had channels in the 48 degrees
MOON PHASE (5%)
Was able to fish for a few hours after work.
Windy & cold but the fish were there...had to try different baits, colors, weights, w bobber, w/out bobber & was able to hook around 100...orange & yellow worked the best.
Multi species again...even a walley...keeper...more whites, some nice slab crappies & my favorite perch w eggs.
My mom cooked some for me tonight...they were incredible.
The weather is not stable but if u put your time in u will catch fish.
Get out & enjoy God’s beautiful creation! PTC
MOON PHASE (2%)
41° - 45° F
40° - 45° F
Fox Chain Report from Saturday 3/17: Water is low, currently at winter stage and many areas are impassable. Water temps are ~42 and warming slowly as we appear to be approaching spawning temps. Clarity is about average. Some rain and warmer temps should help move things along.
46° - 50° F
40° - 45° F
Went out solo as the boys had a bday party they had to attend.
Fished from 10-3:30. Once I found water at 45F, found the fish too.
Got well over a hundred...released most of them...all species...some big crappies & bass, whites, yellows & the jumbo perch full of eggs.
Took home enough for a nice dinner.
Me & the mom had some perch eggs tonight w some nice sauce...they are crazy good.
Find warm water, use some colored bait & you’ll catch fish...yellow & pink worked for me today. I caught a fish almost every cast.
Another season, another year, all, a gift from The Creator.
Enjoy your time on the water & post your results. PTC