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By Bret Baker
Pine Knot News Outdoors 

Basin crappies: Mid-winter = Mid-lake


February 8, 2019

Contributed photo

Jaret Baker, the author's nephew, shows off a couple of basin beauties.

It's officially winter, now that long weeks of frigid temps have finally set up the ice for safe travel on inland lakes. And, as truck travel begins, we enter one of the most predictable bites of the year: the basin crappie bite.

The basin is loosely defined as the deepest part of any given lake. In our area that may vary between 10 feet of water and 50-plus feet of water. Most basins I concentrate on bottom out in the 20-to-30-foot range.

Most local lakes set up well for this bite. Even shallow lakes have slightly deeper sections that will draw fish. One notable exception is ultraclear la...

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