Autumn's panfish harvest is upon us

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:22:27 PM. Many anglers might not realize that panfishing is outstanding during the months of November and December as long as we don’t have any brutal cold spells to cope with.
Just this past week, I got the signal from my son Matt that it’s time to stock up on some tasty panfish fillets for the annual GRONAW FAMILY POST THANKSGIVING FISH FRY that has become a yearly gig for the past many years on the Saturday after “turkey day.” Where as in seasons past, I would keep fillets in the freezer for such an event, I now try to get them as close to the actual “frying day” as possible. Sometimes, we can catch all we need in a single, hot morning of fishing. But to ensure a successful fry, and satisfied participants, I have already made at least one trip where I kept a few for the pan. Many anglers might not realize that panfishing is outstanding during the months of November and December as long as we don’t have any brutal cold spells to cope with. Crappies and bluegills especially will make shallow movements to sun-warmed areas during midday or hole-up at the base of deeper portions of ponds and small lakes and can be easy pickins’ with simple float and fly tactics or other means. Crappies, both black and white, are on an autumn bite that will see them move shallow and they will be vulnerable to a variety of presentations. Recently, I have had good success with these fish by just casting and slowly retrieving a 1/32-ounce jig with plastic trailers like the Bobby Garland Baby Shad in a variety of colors. Lime green, pink, chartreuse and pearl have been hot so far this fall. But don’t be afraid to try white, black or a red & white tube tail if the fancy...Read more
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