How to Dead Stick Crappie With Live Bait

Here’s a tried-and-true tactic for catching more crappie while ice fishing - it combines the attracting power of lipless crankbaits and triggering ability of live minnows.

Ice fishing limits your ability to move regardless of how many holes you drill. Good ice anglers experiment with ways to “call” fish to their area or lure, no differently than open water anglers do with baits that give off lots of sound and vibration. A lipless crankbait is a great way of doing this vertically through the ice - they give off vibration and make a  ton of noise underwater. Curiosity draws gamefish to the hole where they often strike the rattle bait or bite a lively minnow dangling below a float. Here’s how to do it for crappie, but it works well for all panfish and predator fish species as well.

*This is a short 1-min tip from our Wired2Fish TV series 

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