How to Fish for Crappie

Gear is important when you are fishing. For crappie fishing, you want a lightweight rod with a spinner reel. The crappie can be a soft biter, which means that you might not feel the bite. A ten-pound test line will work well.

The basic graphite rods are good for crappies and can be used for other fishing as well. If you have a lot of fishing to do, you might even want a fish locator.

These help if you are planning to fish different waters. The locator can help you find the crappies and baitfish, which is where you might find the fish as well.

If you use the right bait, have the right location and plan your fishing adventures when the water temperatures are just right, you can have a great day of fishing. Learning how to fish for crappie is just as important as anything else you do. You have to take the time to get to know the fish and what the habits are before you can try different presentations and bait. Once you know the fish and the water, you are ready to catch your daily limits.

Speaking of daily limits, it is important that you check local fishing limits. Every state, county or area has a different catch limit. You also need to know what size crappie is allowed as a keeper and if there are any that you must release. For the most part, there is no specific size for crappie, but only try to keep the bigger ones and release the smaller ones. If the fish is for the table, you do not want small crappies to filet. You want something a little larger so that it is easier to filet and there is more to enjoy.

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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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