Crappie fishing in January

January is a hot month for crappie fishing in Central Florida.

Crappie fishing in central florida can be it’s best during the month of January.Most of the lakes in central Florida have a population of crappie but some are better than others.You have to do your homework to find out which lakes are producing.

Most people just drift across the lake searching for the depth that the fish are in(depth finder helps).I always carry a marker bouy in my boat to mark the spot where I get a bite. Just throw over the bouy so I can line up my next drift.

As far as the fishing gear goes it can’t get much simpler.I use the fiberglass crappie poles rigged with a float at what ever depth needed. You’ll need enough splitshot to hold the bait to the depth you need.I also use a gold size 1 or a 1/0 aberdeen hook.

Most people use minnows for bait.But you can also seine freshwater shrimp out of the eel grass in most of the lakes. Freshwater shrimp look just like their counter parts in saltwater. But they make excellent baits for panfish.

Lake Kissimmee,Lake Hatchnieha,Lake Istokpogka are some of the best Central Florida has to offer.Lake Rosalie,Tiger lake,and Walk-in-the-water are also good choices. All these lakes have good public boat ramps that are free to launch at.

Crappie can be caught from the bank at places like just below the lock on Hwy 60 east of Lake Wales. Sometimes you can find some canals on Lake Hatchnieha but I would ask someone for permission before fishing. Saddle creek park has some Crappie and you can fish from the bank there also.

So when you feel like catching a few for the plate you can’t beat Crappie for the table.

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