Ice Fishing Reservoir CRAPPIE North Dakota #crappie #icefishing
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Ice Fishing Reservoir CRAPPIE North Dakota #crappie #icefishing

January 16, 2020


(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>YOU KNOW, NORTH DAKOTA IS RENOWNED FOR BIG JUMBO PERCH, WALLEYE FISHING OR BIG PIKE, BUT A LOT OF TIMES THE PANFISH GO UNDER THE RADAR AND IF YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THESE SMALL TO MID-SIZE RESERVOIRS AND THE TRIBUTARIES COMING OFF OF LAKE OAHE THERE’S SOME TREMENDOUS CRAPPIE FISHING IN THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA AND MORE ANGLERS ARE DISCOVERING IT ALL THE TIME. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>THE BIG ONES COME OUT AT NIGHT, HUH? GREAT QUALITY FISH.>>JUST BEAUTIFUL FISH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>BEAUTY. WE’RE IN CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA. WE’RE LOOKING FOR BLACK CRAPPIES. TRADITIONALLY, KIND OF AN EITHER EARLY MORNING BITE OR AN EVENING BITE. WE GOT SET UP. IT’S ABOUT 2:30 OR SO, AND WE GOT LUCKY, WE PINNED ONE EARLY. HOPEFULLY, IT’S A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME. FISHING SMALL LITTLE CLAM JIGS WITH MAKI PLASTICS. THE PINK IS, BY FAR, MY FAVORITE CRAPPIE COLOR AND I’VE JUST BEEN WORKING THIS JIG ABOUT FOUR FEET OFF THE BOTTOM. WE’RE IN ABOUT 11 FEET OF WATER AND THE FISH ARE JUST BASICALLY RAISING UP ABOUT A FOOT OR SO AND THEY’RE JUST SMOKING IT. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>GOT HIM, HUH?>>YEP. OH, YEAH. LOOK A THERE. THERE ARE JUST NICE FISH. YOU KNOW, THESE RESERVOIR CRAPPIES, PRETTY GOOD FISHING OPPORTUNITY. YOU LOOK AT NORTH DAKOTA, YOU KNOW , JAMESTOWN RESERVOIR, THAT’S PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST, THE MOST NOTORIOUS CRAPPIE FISHERIES IN THE STATE AND THEN YOU’VE GOT LAKE OAHE, WHICH IS PROBABLY PRODUCING SOME OF THE BIGGEST FISH. YOU’VE GOT PIPESTEM RESERVOIR. BUT THESE FISHERIES CAN BE KIND OF CYCLIC. A FEW YEARS BACK, THE GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT PUT A TEN FISH LIMIT ON THERE TO JUST TRY TO PROLONG SOME OF THESE CYCLES AND IT’S PRETTY GOOD FISHING. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>YOU KNOW, IN A LOT OF THESE RESERVOIRS YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH JUST A TUNGSTEN JIG WITH SOFT PLASTIC THAT’S ANYWHERE FROM SAY HALF AN INCH TO THREE-QUARTERS OF AN INCH LONG THAT CAN LOOK LIKE A SMALL MINNOW. PINK AND WHITE ARE PROBABLY THE PREDOMINANT COLORS THAT YOU’RE GOING TO FIND ON A LOT OF THESE RESERVOIRS THAT WORK REALLY WELL FOR CRAPPIES. YOU KNOW, JUST A MATTER OF TRYING TO PULL THOSE FISH INTO YOU. YOU KNOW, THEY’RE SUSPENDED ANYWHERE FROM TWO FEET OFF THE BOTTOM TO HALFWAY UP IN THE WATER COLUMN. THEY’RE JUST WANDERING AROUND. TYPICALLY, THEY’RE WANDERING AROUND IN SCHOOLS. YOU KNOW, THEY COULD BE WANDERING BY 10-15 FEET AWAY. YOU JUST NEED SOMETHING TO PULL THEM OVER TO YOU, AND SOMETHING TO GET THEM TO ELEVATE. YOU KNOW, SOFT PLASTICS ARE JUST VERY, VERY DURABLE AND THEY’RE VERY EFFECTIVE FOR CATCHING FISH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>THAT WATER IS SO CLEAR YOU CAN SEE THESE FISH ALMOST AS SOON AS YOU SET THE HOOK. LOOK AT THEM DOWN THERE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>SMOOTH RELEASE. GOT ONE?>>YEP. YEAH, THEY’RE JUST COMING THROUGH IN WAVES. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>DID YOU NOTICE WHEN YOU GET ONE THEY SEEM TO COMMIT MORE? OR THEY’RE HITTING BETTER?>>YEAH. YEAH. IT’S THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU’D EXPECT.>>RIGHT.>>YOU GET FOUR OR FIVE OF THEM DOWN THERE AND THEY’RE PRETTY TOUGH. AND THEN ONE FISH COMES THROUGH AND IT SEEMS LIKE THE SINGLES HAVE BEEN THE AGGRESSIVE FISH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>THAT’LL BE A NICE FISH IN A COUPLE YEARS.>>HMM. I REMEMBER THIS PARTICULAR RESERVOIR FIVE OR SIX YEAR AGO WAS ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING FOR 10 OR 12-INCH FISH. AND – JUST MISSED ONE THERE — AND NOW IT’S KIND OF ON THE REBOUND AGAIN, AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>THERE YOU GO. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>NOT A GIANT, BUT BE A GREAT FISH NEXT YEAR, FOR SURE. THERE’S MORE DOWN THERE, SO WE’RE GOING TO GO GREET THEM. (CHUCKLES) (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>GOT HER! COME ON UP HERE. OH, YEAH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>YEAH, WE’RE JUST USING – OH, LOOK A THERE. DON’T YOU LOVE BIG RED LINES? SO, THIS IS WHERE TUNGSTEN SHINES. WE’RE JUST USING A TUNGSTEN DROPKICK JIG JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN GET BACK DOWN THERE SO QUICK. LOOK-A THERE, HE’S ALREADY GONE. OH, HERE THEY COME. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>THERE’S THE JIG AND THERE’S THE FISH. SEE IF I CAN GET HIM TO RAISE EVEN OFF JUST A LITTLE BIT. OH, A SWING AND A MISS. NOW WE’RE FISHING FOR RESERVOIR CRAPPIES TODAY. THIS IS A MID-SIZE RESERVOIR, A LITTLE OVER 1000 ACRES IN CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA. IT’ IS JUST CLASSIC RESERVOIR FISHING IN THE SENSE THAT YOU’RE NOT GOING TO FIND A LOT OF VEGETATION AND SO THESE FISH ARE REALLY RELATING TO CHANNEL EDGES. SO, AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THAT OLD RIVER CHANNEL JUST SWINGS UP TOWARDS THIS SHORE LINE. WE’VE JUST GOT HOLES DRILLED ALL THROUGH HERE. WE’RE JUST DROPPING THE TRANSDUCER DOWN, SWINGING IT BACK AND FORTH. WE’RE JUST TRYING TO PICK UP SOME SUSPENDED FISH – 11 OR 12 FEET OF WATER ON THE EDGE OF THIS CHANNEL. THESE FISH HAVE BEEN RUNNING ABOUT A FOOT TO FOUR FEET OFF THE BOTTOM. WHEN YOU HAVE THEM UNDERNEATH YOU THEY REALLY SHOW UP.>>WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING FOR CRAPPIES ON A RESERVOIR, YOU KNOW, FOCUS ON THOSE CHANNEL EDGES WHETHER IT’S THE OLD RIVER CHANNEL OR A CREEK CHANNEL OR A TRIBUTARY, BUT THOSE CHANNEL LEDGES, THOSE BREAK LINES THAT DROP INTO THAT DEEPER WATER OUT OF THAT SHALLOWER WATER, AND ANY TYPE OF INSIDE TURN OR POINT THAT’S CREATED BY THAT CHANNEL AS IT TWISTS AND TURNS, A LOT OF TIMES THAT’S WHERE WE’RE GOING TO FIND CRAPPIES. AND IF YOU CAN FIND SOME FLOODED TREES OR FIND SOME FLOODED BRUSH, SOMETIMES THAT’LL MAKE THOSE LOCATIONS EVEN BETTER. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO RESERVOIRS AND CRAPPIES, IT’S ALL ABOUT FINDING STRUCTURE. THE RACE IS ON. THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS I PERSONALLY LIKE ABOUT THESE TUNGSTEN JIGS IS THAT IT’S JUST A RACE TO GET BACK DOWN WHEN YOU GET ON FISH. AND EVERYTHING IS SO MUCH FASTER. THERE ARE A LOT OF FISH IN THE SYSTEM RIGHT NOW. HEY, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T REALLY THINK OF THE DAKOTAS AS… A STATE WHERE YOU HAVE GOOD CRAPPIE FISHING, BUT THERE’S A HANDFUL OF RESERVOIRS IN THE STATE THAT ARE HISTORICALLY GOOD, AND I THINK THE FISHING WOULD SURPRISE A LOT OF PEOPLE. YOU KNOW, A LOT OF THE STUFF THAT YOU SEE AND READ ABOUT WINTER ICE FISHING FOR CRAPPIES IT’S NATURAL LAKES STUFF, FISHING WEED LINES, FISHING BASINS. AND SO WITH THESE RESERVOIRS YOU’VE REALLY GOTTA FOCUS ON THESE LITTLE CREEK CHANNELS. YOU’RE FISHING STRUCTURE. OH THIS IS A NICE ONE HERE. (REELING NOISE) >>LOOK AT THAT! HO, HO, JUST A HANDFUL, GOTTA LOVE THAT. THAT’S THE BEAUTY OF THESE MAKI PLASTICS IS THAT YOU CAN CATCH A LOT OF FISH OFF OF ONE PLASTIC. WHEN YOU GET THEM DOWN THERE, YOU CAN JUST WINDMILL THEM AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE. WE’RE CATCHING A LOT OF FISH TONIGHT. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>YOU GOT ONE THERE? ALL RIGHT. NICE CRAPPIE. JUST NICE QUALITY FISH.>>WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT THESE FISH THAN LIKE A NATURAL LAKE IN, SAY, MINNESOTA, FOR EXAMPLE, IS THE RIVER CHANNEL AND HOW THEY RELATE TO IT. SO, ANYWHERE EARLY ICE, MID-ICE, LATE ICE, IF I FIND A RIVER CHANNEL ON THESE RESERVOIRS, YOU’RE GOING TO FIND THE CRAPPIES. WHERE THE – ON A NATURAL LAKE IT’S MORE, YOU KNOW, BASIN, MUD, OR A WEED EDGE. THE CLOSER YOU CAN GET THAT RIVER CHANNEL TO THE SHORE EDGE, THAT NICE SHARP BREAK, THAT’S MY, MY NUMBER ONE SPOT. I DON’T WANT TO SAY I’M NOT GOING TO LEAVE THAT SPOT, BUT I’M NOT GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK VERY FAR TO FIND FISH. THAT’S WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO BE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>GREAT QUALITY FISH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>THAT FISH JUST SLACK-LINED ME. (CHUCKLES) >>DOUBLE.>>GOT ONE TOO, HUH? ALL RIGHT!>>YEAH, THEY’RE KIND OF STACKED HERE THE WAY IT LOOKS, HUH?>>THEY ARE, AREN’T THEY? (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>THERE’S MORE DOWN THERE WAITING FOR US.>>YEAH. I’VE GOTTA GET MY PLASTIC STRAIGHTENED OUT HERE. TRY TO CATCH A FEW MORE ON IT. CRAPPIES ARE JUST NOTORIOUS FOR JUST HAVING A SOFT MOUTH IN THE SENSE THAT YOU CAN REALLY TEAR THE HOOKS OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS VERY EASILY. THEY’VE TO A MOUTH THAT’LL OPEN UP THE SIZE OF A GOLF BALL. THEY’RE SO EASY TO TEAR OFF. AND SO A LOT OF TIMES I LIKE TO USE MONOFILAMENT, ESPECIALLY IF I’M IN SHALLOW WATER. SO, WE’RE USING THREE-POUND MONOFILAMENT, JUST THAT, THAT LIGHT TIP ON THAT MEAT STICK ACTION ROD, THEY HAVE THAT HEAVY BACKBONE FOR SETTING THE HOOK AND THAT SOFT TIP. A LOT OF TIMES THEY’RE LOOSENING UP THE DRAGS TOO BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE TIGHTENED UP DRAG AND TOO HEAVY A LINE, YOU’RE GONNA ROLL AND TEAR OFF A LOT OF FISH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>I’LL TRY TO CATCH A FEW MORE ON THIS – IT’S JUST A MAKI MINNOW – AND IT’S GETTING CHEWED UP. WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO THREAD IT ON THERE SEE IF I CAN CATCH ONE MORE FISH ON IT. YOU GOT ONE THERE? ALL RIGHT. LOOK AT THAT. THEY’RE JUST SHOWING UP. IT’S STARTING TO GET DARK AND THESE FISH ARE JUST GOING CRAZY.>>ONE OF THE TRICKS TO WHEN YOU’RE DOING THIS CRAPPIE FISHING ON THESE RESERVOIRS, OR EVEN NATURAL LAKES AS WELL, IS YOU WANT TO UTILIZE YOUR WHOLE, YOUR WHOLE WATER COLUMN ON YOUR VEXILAR. YOU DON’T WANT TO USE THE BOTTOM, YOU KNOW, THE BOTTOM ZOOM LIKE YOU WOULD TRADITIONALLY FOR WALLEYES BECAUSE THESE FISH COME IN AT ALL DIFFERENT DEPTHS AND YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO PUT YOUR JIG IN FRONT OF THEM WHEN YOU SEE THEM. AS YOU CAN SEE, FOR EXAMPLE, THERE’S MY JIG AND THAT’S A CRAPPIE THERE AND THERE’S ONE KIND OF ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CONE. THEY’RE NOT COMING OFF THE BOTTOM. THEY’RE COMING IN TWO, THREE, FOUR FEET OFF AND THOSE ARE THE ONES YOU REALLY WANT TO TARGET BECAUSE THEY’RE THE AGGRESSIVE ONES IT SEEMS LIKE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>OKAY. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>IT’S STARTING TO PICK UP WITH A LITTLE BIT OF INTENSITY HERE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>OH HO, MAN. IT’S ONE AFTER ANOTHER. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>THIS MIGHT BE A BETTER ONE HERE. THE DRAG IS SQUAWKING. OH, YEAH. LOOK A HERE. HA HA HA HA HA. GET MY HAND INSIDE OF JAWS. THERE, BEAUTIFUL FISH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>THERE, WAVED US GOODBYE. MY TAIL IS ABOUT SHOT. I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN GET ANOTHER FISH ON THIS OR NOT. LOOK AT THAT. THERE’S HARDLY ANYTHING LEFT ON HERE. I’M GONNA TRY TO… THREAD IT ONE MORE TIME HERE. LOOK AT THE FISH DOWN ON THE VEXILAR. IT’S JUST LIT UP. THAT LAST…HALF HOUR OF DAYLIGHT IS JUST CRAZY.>>PART OF WHAT MAKES US LUCKY AS NORTH DAKOTA RESIDENTS AND FISHERMEN IS THE NORTH DAKOTA GAME AND FISH, THE SCHEDULE THAT THEY HAVE FOR STOCKING FISH. EVERY, EVERY BODY OF WATER IS DIFFERENT AS FAR AS THEIR SCHEDULE GOES, BUT I THINK, I BELIEVE THIS LAKE IS, I THINK IT’S EVERY TWO OR THREE YEARS THEY PUT IN A GOOD CROP OF FISH AND WE’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF IT WITH THESE BEAUTIFUL QUALITY CRAPPIES. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>YOU KNOW, IT’S GETTING TO BE THAT BEWITCHING HOUR HERE, THE LAST HOUR OF DAYLIGHT. YOU KNOW, AND IT’S EARLY ICE. WE’VE PROBABLY ONLY GOT, OH, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN INCHES OF ICE. AND THE WATER IS REALLY CLEAR. AND SO TYPICALLY THESE FISH COULD BE REALLY HARD TO CATCH DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY BUT THAT SUN GETS LOW AND THAT’S WHEN THESE FISH MOVE UP INTO THESE SPOTS. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>WE MAY HAVE SOMETHING HERE. THAT’S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS TUNGSTEN IS YOU JUST RACE DOWN TO THEM. SO, WHEN YOU’RE DEALING WITH CLEAR WATER, YOU CAN SEE DOWN PROBABLY EIGHT TO TEN FEET. IT’S NOT UNCOMMON TO SEE YOUR WINDOWS WHERE THE FISH BITE RIGHT AT SUNSET OR THAT LAST HOUR OF DAYLIGHT, AND IT’S TYPICAL, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE – YOU START OUT EARLY, YOU HARDLY MARK A FISH, YOU HARDLY SEE A FISH, WHEN YOU DO MARK THEM THEY CAN BE REALLY, REALLY TEMPERAMENTAL AND REALLY DIFFICULT TO CATCH. THAT SUN GETS A LITTLE BIT LOWER ON THE HORIZON AND THOSE FISH JUST OPEN UP WHERE THE SAME FISH THAT WOULD BE REALLY DIFFICULT TO CATCH AT, SAY, 2:00 O’CLOCK, BY 5:00 O’CLOCK THEY’RE EASY. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>ISN’T THAT COOL, YOU CAN SEE THE FISH BITING UNDERNEATH THE ICE? (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>THAT ONE’S A BEAUTY. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>NICE FISH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>AH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>OH, THIS IS A NICE ONE HERE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>NICE, NICE, NICE. YOU JUST GET TIRED OF CATCHING THEM. I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY FISH WE’VE CAUGHT TODAY. LOTS! AND THE BITE JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER. STARTED OUT WHERE WE WEREN’T MARKING THEM, AND THEN IT TOOK A LITTLE WHILE WE WERE STARTING TO MARK THEM AND IT TOOK A LITTLE FINESSE TO CATCH THEM, AND THEN NOW, THEY’RE JUST COMING AND EATING. BEAUTIFUL. GET IN THERE. GOOD STUFF. YOU KNOW, WE’RE ONLY IN… OH, WE’RE FISHING IN 11 FEET OF WATER. THESE FISH ARE FOUR FEET OFF THE BOTTOM. SO, I MEAN THEY’RE JUST RIGHT, RIGHT BELOW YOU. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) (REEL NOISE) (WATER SLOSHING)>>THE BIG ONES COME OUT AT NIGHT, HUH?>>OH, I GOT A NICE ONE TOO.>>WELL, I TELL YOU WHAT. THIS HAS BEEN FUN FISHING.>>GOT A BIG ONE, JASON?>>OH, NOT AS BIG AS YOURS. BE A GOOD ONE IF YOU WANTED TO EAT ONE.>>BUT TALK ABOUT… UNDERUTILIZED. HARDLY ANYBODY OUT HERE. IN A STATE TYPICALLY NOT KNOWN FOR GREAT CRAPPIES. NOT TOO SHABBY, HUH? (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)

14 Comments

  • Reply Mason Jackson October 19, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Cool

  • Reply Mason Jackson October 19, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Nice fish!

  • Reply Timothy Thompson October 19, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    What reservoir ?

  • Reply Timothy Thompson October 19, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Must be pipestem if you are getting them at a 11 feet

  • Reply Timothy Thompson October 19, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    You should try aroda lakes nice bunch of crappie in them

  • Reply Jason Gothe October 19, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Guess my drive to good fishing just got alot farther .

  • Reply Rush Voorhis Outdoors October 20, 2018 at 12:45 am

    #HARDWATER

  • Reply Cod Kue October 20, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    you guys already have hard water?

  • Reply George D October 21, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Just bout ice time fckrs!!!

  • Reply Greg U October 24, 2018 at 1:32 am

    What is that mounted on the side of his vexilar?

  • Reply Mohawk Garage October 24, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Send the ice my way!! PLEASE!!!

  • Reply Ryan R October 30, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Whats the difference between your older Jason Mitchell elite series meat stick and the newer meat sticks?

  • Reply BowlAnSoup November 7, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    dayum iowa needs to start freezing

  • Reply Jason Mitchell Outdoors January 17, 2019 at 6:53 pm

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