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Catching nice crappies is common just after ice out. While some anglers wait for water temperatures to warm, others find success even in the chilly lakes. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Spring crappies demand presentation skills

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It's finally official or at least nearly official depending upon which lake you desire; the ice is gone (almost) and it's crappie time!

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Though many anglers think it takes weeks for crappies and sunfish to become active and enter the shallows, it's actually not uncommon for panfish to seek out shallow refuge immediately following ice-out.

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