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Crappie Season!

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Spring is in the air in Upstate SC - temps in the 70s this weekend! The crappie are biting, and I wanted to see if anyone has experience with smoke-cooking smaller panfish. These guys are too small to fillet, so they are scaled, gutted and cooked. Lots of bones but great flavor when fried, so I bet they will be awesome when smoked.

All information gratefully accepted.

post #2 of 10
Dang Brian! I want to go crappie fishing! Bet they are biting here too... I need to go check. lol

I have not smoked them, but bet they would be great!
post #3 of 10
We filet Crappie all the time. Never smoked them, but I bet they would be good. Let us know the results if you smoke some.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Y'all must have bigger crappie than us! Most of ours run in the just-under-1-pound range. Tried filleting a few of those and the flesh was about a millimeter thick, so went back to the tried-and-true "off-with-their-heads" method. Hope to get out tomorrow and bring in a few more, hopefully bigger this time. :-)
post #5 of 10
Corn flour and deep fried.
post #6 of 10
Bird Man,
Look forward to your report tomorrow. I spent a lot of time "growing up" in Covington, Ga. Lakes Oconne, Sinclair and Clarks Hill were my favorites. Love those Crappie!
post #7 of 10
This was last year. All night with yo-yo's. 32 Crappie & 11 Catfish.

post #8 of 10
I'd LOVE to go fishing but there's still 3 feet of ice on the lakes here.
post #9 of 10
i know they got ice augers up there ole.
crappie bite under the ice.
post #10 of 10
I'm well aware of that, I have ice fishing equipment. We've had a lot of snow this winter. A lot of lake access has been blown in by snow. You'll either need a 4 wheeler or snowmobile to get around and I have neither. Plus all the snow on the ice is causing a lot of weight and causing water to come up the ice holes. Snow on ice can insulate it too and cause weak ice. Hard to say what's under the snow. I just don't trust it and will wait for it to thaw. That's only a month or so away.
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