While crappie are definitely secondary in this area, there are plenty of anglers that do go out and target these tasty fish. Anglers report the crappie fishing is usually much better on the Canadian side than the Minnesota side, so make sure you are prepared to fish the Canadian waters while visiting here.
Fishing the Bays
Early in the year is your best bet as these fish can be found in the bays around weeds and wood if you can find it. There are several bays to fish just over the border in Canadian waters.
Fishing the Drop-offs
Once the fish go deeper, it is harder to locate them, but if you know how to target crappie in deeper water, it may be worth your time to target these fish when you are here on a fishing trip. There are so many islands just over the border in Canadian waters and many of them will have nice drop-offs close to the shorelines. If you can find some schools of bait fish, you may end up finding some schools of crappie too. This pattern is better from summer through fall.
Fishing the Reefs
There are a lot of reefs as well in the area. You will most likely find a lot more walleye, smallmouth bass and pike on these reefs in the summer and fall, but every once in a while, you may run into a school of big crappie. Get your light action rods out and target them when you find them.
Fishing the Weeds
The weeds are a good pattern in the spring as the water warms up. Some crappie can still be found in the weeds throughout the year, however, the spring and early summer will usually be best for this pattern. Some of the deeper weed edges can hold some nice fish in the summer and early fall though too. There are plenty of spots in Canadian waters that have weeds, so if you’re fishing the weed pattern, you will have more options over the border.
Learn More About Crappie
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