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March Fishing Update: Spring Slabs!

The Bay of Quinte region is loaded with nooks and crannies that hold black crappie. Spring is a great time of year to target this species as they begin staging and stacking up to spawn when the water temperatures reach 60 to 70 degrees.

Spring black crappies, a favourite for Ashley Rae.

Northern shorelines and shallow, sheltered bays with dark bottoms are ideal locations in the early season as the water warms fastest in these areas. Crappies will soon be loading up in these areas and on the feed. They’re a riot to catch on ultra-light gear and can be caught in great numbers prior to the spawn.

Ashley Rae is a year-round multi-species angler, newspaper and magazine columnist, freelance writer, speaker and traveller. Keep up with Ashley at, and watch for her monthly fishing update at

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