5 Secrets About Crappies

4.       Crappies can be found around all types of structures such as stumps, submerged trees, drop-offs, grassy areas, weeds, docks and brush. Every now and then, you might even be able to find them suspended under a school of baitfish waiting for a chance to enjoy a good meal.

5.       Using waypoints to your advantage can greatly improve you skill as a crappie fisherman. Waypoints are the major point of interest that the fish follow when moving from one location to another. It’s usually defined by using latitude and longitude. As the crappies travel they will stop and gather together at certain points along the way. If you can identify and use these waypoints, you’ll know where the crappie hotspots are located.

Crappies spawn in the spring like most all species and this is when they will be the most aggressive but you can catch them all year long. That’s another great thing about this species that makes them such a hit with anglers everywhere. In the fall, they tend to be a little more scattered out than they are during the other seasons. For this reason, they are a little harder to find but they will strike your line when you do located them.

Winter fishing for crappies is steadily growing in popularity because it’s a nice quite time to be on the water. The fish are hungry and in search of a good meal. As long as the cold don’t brother you, winter fishing can be very rewarding. The crappies will move closer to the shallow water where there is plenty of weeds and vegetation during the first and last part of the season. During the middle of the winter when it’s the coldest, they can be found in deeper waters and drop-offs.

One of the great things about fishing for crappies is that they don’t require any special equipment. Still, lightweight rods and reels will work the best since they are a small species. These can also help you feel when you have a strike so you’ll know when to set the hook.

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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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