There are only a few fishing opportunities when winter really arrives. West Virginia has already started trout stockings and the exceptional weather last week had some of the popular streams lined with anglers.
Another wintertime favorite is crappie fishing and the folks that are really into this area look for a few days of mild weather to get after those big, wintertime crappies.
Crappie fishing may be one of the least-known of the local fishing opportunities. The real crappie experts that I have known over the years tend to be pretty quiet about the fish they are catching. They are totally quiet when it comes to talking about their favorite places. Great crappie hole locations are a well guarded secret.
Crappies are serious predators and are taken using small minnows or small jigs. For many years, the small marabou jigs were the standard lure for crappie fishermen, but most anglers now use plastics. Crappies have a small mouth and the jigs' 1/16-ounce range are a good starting point.