I wonder if I've talked to you before jigthis. Was told the exact same thing in person last year on the ice about the walleye. Best I can do is post something saturday morning. I'll be out there next weekend too.
Lake Carroll, Carroll County
There is good crappie fishing if you can find them. They tend to move alot in the lake. Spent the whole summer mapping the lake on my hummingbird using live mapping and found so much more structure than what is shown on the map from the office. Key to finding them in the winter is to find a few weed lines or structure in 12-18 feet of water and if you don't get them in 20-30 min move. I use mostly tungsten jigs tipped with a waxxie or plastics. And dead stick a swedish pimple with a minnow.
Walleye bite in the winter you need to be out before sunrise and hour before sundown. Same deal find the weed lines. I have got them during the day on deeper water structure as they were passing through.
I am planning a trip out to the lake weekend of the 19th if anyone wants to meet up I can show them some spots I have mapped out. Hopefully we have solid ice by then.
MOON PHASE (6%)
46° - 50° F
Below 40° F
1-6-19 Caught quite a bunch of gills and a few largemouth off the docks at the East Marina Had to bust through an inch of ice. Doesnt look good for walking on it next weekend .
MOON PHASE (10%)
26° - 30° F
Fished New Years morning from the East Marina docks in places with open water. Caught a few gills and a couple of bass. A couple of regulars told me it was slow and had been for a few days.
Looks like the little bit of ice we have on the East side of the lake will be chipped away at by this week's warm weather. No walking on for the foreseeable future.
Crappie for me kinda come and go. I see them on the aqua view, have caught one or two whenever I go out. For me seems when the fish are biting, they'll eat about anything, most specie alike (with exception to muskie and northern). It'll usually be me and one or two others in a tent, and we'll all have something different on hook wise and still do about the same when they're biting. Mostly I do the east marina. I kept a crappie once to see if it had a different taste than a gill. When fried I didn't notice much difference so I don't go after them much. They are more fun to catch though. So yea, sorry no help here.