We stopped near some stumps in 9-feet of water. Then we eased to the deeper side and bagged two small fish. A repeat of that pass had no results. The water temperature was 66-degrees. I had to try the shallower side. “The fish should be here.” Nothing. Water depths of seven to ten feet were not producing crappie.
It was time to second-guess their depth.
We pressed on to one of our GPS spots. This location features a 16 to 12-foot ledge. The crappie began to bite voraciously. The frenzy lasted about a half-hour. We moved to similar waters and picked up a few more fish. 20-24 crappies visited our boat. (We need to get a fish-counter.)
Today was a reminder to second-guess what you think. The fish “should” have been in shallower water. They had other plans.
Keep an open mind. Sometimes, a little guesswork goes a long way.