Top Options for February Crappie Fishing in North Carolina
February 18, 2014
With so many places to fish and so many species to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to go and what to catch in North Carolina. We skimmed the cream off the top so you can mark your calendar with these weekend fishing trips.
Let's take a look at the options available for February Crappie Fishing in North Carolina.
Here's a sample of some great destinations to help you plan your next fishing trip and be sure to check out the solunar fishing calendar on In-Fisherman!
Lake Waccamaw's black crappie are the least understood and most widely coveted panfish of the coastal plain. The lake is a Carolina bay lake with an average depth of 4 feet and maximum depth of 9 feet and it has very little crappie attracting structure.
Nevertheless, some huge black crappie are in the lake. Anglers catch them by targeting brush piles and piers. The southern edge also has underwater springs and temperature changes at those locations attract crappie. Once an area with some structure is located, the best way to find a school of fish is to troll a jig or small crankbait until it entices a crappie to strike.
A lake that shallow should not have big temperature swings, but it does. Wind whipping across the shallow lake can raise the temperature 10 degrees on the downwind side. Once an angler begins catching fish, he should look for structure located within the same temperature range.
Many anglers confine their fishing to the canals surrounding the lake and to Big Creek, which enters the lake near Lake Waccamaw State Park. On these smaller water areas, tall trees protect small boats from wind, making them perfect for probing with live shiners on float rigs.
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