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SWEEPING THE BASIN FOR CRAPPIES
WITHOUT QUESTION, OCTOBER IS GORD'S FAVOURITE TIME OF YEAR TO CATCH CRAPPIE
Oh, my, you have to love autumn in Northern Ontario because there is a never-ending list of exciting things to do in such splendid surroundings.
In just the last four days, for example, I've gone grouse hunting with my grandson, spent time with him in the bear blind, set up some new deer stands, gone puddle jump shooting for ducks and geese, caught smallmouth bass and walleyes and swept the basin clean for crappies.
I get tired just thinking about it all, but it highlights the fact that when fall rolls around, there aren't enough hours in a typical Northern Ontario day.
And I wouldn't have it any other way.
Speaking about crappies, they are one of my much loved fish and the month of October is without question my favourite time of the year to catch them.
I got onto an amazing pattern the other day, something I've been refining for several years now, and it was out-of-this-world good. So spectacular, in fact, that had we been fishing together I wouldn't have let you pinch me, because if this was a dream, I didn't want to wake up.
I call it sweeping the basin and I guarantee the tactic will work for you wherever you fish for plate-size slabs in the northern part of the province.
What I did after launching the boat on one of my favourite Sunset Country lakes was to slowly motor around while I monitored my sonar unit and looked for fish. A big mistake many anglers make is arriving at the lake or river so excited at the prospects of fishing that they drop down their lines before they've found anything to catch. Resist the urge to it and spend more time early in the day searching for fish.
As Gord Pyzer explains, when you use your trolling motor to sweep the basin, the results can be impressive. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)
Once I found them, as I suspected and is usually the case in the early to mid-autumn period, the crappies were spread out along the bottom, hanging a foot or two above it, loosely bunched up. In a couple of more weeks, they will drop down closer to the basin and congregate in much denser schools, but right now, they are still strung out in...READ MORE HERE https://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/sweeping-the-basin-for-crappies?s=