Crappie Fishing Tips & Techniques
Ice chests full of fish and fillets by the gallon bucket! Crappie fishing is a fun and exciting sport for both adults and kids alike. However, without knowing different crappie fishing techniques many newcomers find it difficult to catch these tasty fish consistently. Part of the reason for this is that during the different seasons they may not know where to find the fish or what presentations would be best for them to use.
That was me not to long ago, too. Yeah, I would catch the occasional crappie or two, but I could never go out on the water and catch the limits that you always here about others catching. You know the boat load full of fish. Don’t get me wrong I still loved fishing but I have to admit I was pretty frustrated.
Thankfully, I found Crappie Secret Weapon and finally found out what I needed to do to start catching more fish. Now I’m pretty confident that I can go just about anywhere and catch a decent amount of crappie anytime I want to.
Crappies are found in most of the same waters that pan fish and catfish are found and have become extremely popular in many of the ponds and lakes across America. Fisherman are always looking for crappie fishing techniques that will produce great results under a variety of conditions.
Schools of hundreds of crappie gather off shore through out the winter and then perpetrate grassy shore lines for spawning once the temperature warms up in the spring.
One of the best times for catching crappies is during the ice fishing season in the winter or when they are migrating inshore for feeding after ice out with large numbers of good sized fish ready to be caught. Fishing is at a peak for white bass during the winter and the early spring months in spots that have a flowing water current. Some of the biggest fish will often be found in the channels and coves where stumps, brush, branches or treetops can be located. Crappie fishing is excellent everywhere on jigs and minnows fished near shallow brush.
Crappie fishing is also productive during February and March when substantial catches can be taken. One of the most productive methods is to drift live minnows in open water. You will often see boats specially rigged with several rods while dropping numerous baits into the water while looking for crappie that are suspended near bait fish. If the boat happens to drift over a school of hungry fish it’s not unusual to see a bunch of rods being tugged on at the same time. Locating fish during this period is usually best accomplished with a depth finder as they are most often found at 8 – 20 feet. Look for bait fish near the bottom as they will be attracting the crappies.
Crappie fishing is action packed during early March and into the beginning of May when the fish gather in front of the shallow, weed rich beds that they use for spawning. Anglers will often take their boats deep into the weed beds and use small jigs or minnows to catch the fish. They jig the bait straight up and down and try to pull the fish out before they wrap themselves around the weeds.
Crappie tend to slow down when the hot months of summer are upon us and then start making a come back again in September or early October as the temperature of the water starts to cool down. Fishing can also be slower during daylight, but becomes more active at night under the glow of a floating light or lantern. They are mainly night feeders, and are attracted to light. That is why a lot of people like to fish from docks for them in the evening.
When trolling most fishermen use lightweight spinning gear and 1/32 to 1/16 ounce jigs. Tipping hairless jigs with minnows is also a popular crappie fishing technique. Small minnow shaped swim baits are also effective. The speed at which you present your baits is also critical. If you fish your baits to fast the crappie will ignore it. It is better to present the baits or jigs at walking speed or slower.
Throughout this site we will be presenting some of the most effective crappie fishing techniques. Crappie fishing is a great family sport that requires no special skills and nothing beats the fun of watching those poles bend and dinner being pulled up!
Larry has been a crappie guide on Mark Twain Lake in Missouri for the past 25 years. He will discuss all facets of crappie fishing, from rods, lures, structures to fish and to the right boat to use.
Crappie Fishing Basics. Black and White Crappies have populated throughout the United States and Southern Canada largely do to major stocking efforts.
Rigging minnows for crappie fishing. Crappies love live bait and they hunt for schools of minnows everyday for a food.
Crappie fishing on Bull Shoals lake for bass and crappie.Mail this post