Three tips for black crappie fishing

The best color will depend on the type of water, how deep it is and even the temperature of the water. The best advice is to have a variety of different colors with you and if one is not getting the response you want, then switch off and try something new.

As a general rule the red and orange colors work the best in shallow water. Use the yellow and green for medium depth and blue or black in the deepest waters.

White colors can be used at most any depth. This is just a guide and it’s recommended that you do experiment to find the best colors for your location.

Another basic rule is to use the brighter colors such as the orange, reds and greens in clear water and in murky waters use light blues, chartreuse, black and yellows.

Third Tip: Know the Area

It’s important that you know a little about the area where you plan to fish for the black crappie. Crappies can be found around any type of structure whether it’s man-made or natural. The better you know the area the easier it will be for you to locate their habitats. It will also make all of your fishing trips safer than going out in water you don’t know anything about.

If you are unfamiliar with the water in which you are fishing you can pick up a map of the lake or river or use a guide service to take you out for the first time. This will help you to become more familiar with the area. You can learn where many of the hotspots are located and the areas that would be best avoided.

The next time you go fishing for the black crappie keep these tips in mind. This species can be very unpredictable at times but you should find these tips to be quite useful no matter where you go fishing or what mood they are in. The black crappie is a small fish but don’t let that fool you. They can still put up a good fight and they taste great. These are the reasons why so many anglers seek out the black crappie.

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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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