How to Fish Crappie Structure for More Hookups

Basic Tips

Learn as much as you can about the crappie before heading out on the water and this will help you to be more successful. When you know where they live, what they eat, when they feed the most aggressively and so on, you can make better choices of when and where to go fishing.

Learn the pattern of the lake or river where you are fishing and this will help you to locate the fish faster. In the spring the crappie will move to structures that are close to the banks and near shallow water. After the spawning season comes to an end they will move back out to deeper water.

Basically, any kind of structure can be a home for this species. These include bridge pilings, docks, points, sandbars, trees, brush and logs. They are drawn to spots with plenty of food and cover where they can be protected and feed easily. Take advantage of this for the most success. When fishing at night keep in mind that they are also drawn to areas where lights shine in the water. One example of this would be piers with lights. The insects and baitfish move into these lit areas and the crappie follow for a nice meal.

When fishing for crappie around timber try searching for isolate areas. If there are lots of structures in the same area the crappie will be more scattered out and harder to catch. When the timber is scattered there will be more crappie gathered around the same area making them easier to catch. If you have tired several different baits and depths and you’re still not getting a bite after a short period of time, move to a new location. More than likely, there are no fish in that area.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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