Near record cold temperatures didn’t slow down the crappie bite

Scottie from St. Louis booked a guided crappie fishing trip with guide service Barton Outfitters in Oxford, MS that happened to coincide with the recent cold front that saw temperatures plunge below 30 degrees. His fishing guide, Oxford resident Aaron Barton, noted that strong swings in air temperatures do have an impact both on surface temperatures and the bite, but brief overnight freezing periods doesn’t meaningfully drop the temperature throughout the water column, especially when followed by blue bird, warmer and sunnier days.

The wind was light which allowed the crappie fishermen to track creek channels into the main lake and sit on structure that crappie are relating to as they follow the transition routes back to the main lake during fall draw down.

Crankbaits, minnows, jigs, and other techniques produced quality fish, and color mattered far less than depth (around 3 to 13 feet). Following the shad using birds, surface indicators, or advanced electronics always tends to produce fish this time of year, and for Mr. Scottie, this trip was no exception.

Aaron Barton
Barton Outfitters

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