5 Tips for Lake Okeechobee Crappie Fishing

In most lakes, in warm weather, crappie will seek out the thermocline, and suspend just at its depth, or a little below it. But the Big O isn’t deep enough to have much of a thermocline, so in summer, crappie will be near structure, very close to the bottom in the deepest holes. The water is so shallow that it is easy to spook crappie when trying to vertical jig for them, so cut your motor and coast, or paddle to where you want to fish. Crappie won’t move far to take a jig, so it will need to be right in front of them.

Night fishing can be very exciting on the lake, and full of surprises (gators like to hunt at night, too). Get a floating fishing light, and drop it in the water next to your boat. This attracts minnows, that attract larger fish (and they attract snakes, large snapping turtles, and gators, so be wary about sticking your hands in the water). The night crappie action can be hot and heavy in summer.

When minnow fishing slows down, try this trick. Take 6 or 7 minnows and place them in a 2 qt. or gal. glass jar with water in it. Punch a few small hole in the top to let water and smell circulate. Then tie it with a small rope so you can lower it into the water a few feet. Now fish near the jar. The crappie can smell the minnows, and see them, thinking it is a school of unwary baitfish. If you are using live minnows, take a set of fingernail clippers, and clip the \bottom tail fin of the minnow. Just a small nick is enough to make it swim erratically. This will drive crappie (and bass) nuts.

I have used all of these methods on the Big O at one time or another, day and night. They work.

Happy fishing.

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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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