Where to Catch Crappie

How to Catch Crappies

After finding the crappie it’s time to bait up and start fishing. Due to their small size and delicate mouth, lightweight gear is recommended. You’ll want to get the attention of the crappie by using live bait or presenting your artificial bait in a life-like manner. The minnow is one of their favorite foods and the one bait that most all angler’s use at some point.

However, don’t make the mistake of limiting yourself to using just one type of bait. There are too many other options available that will work just as well.

Try different types of bait until you find the one that works the best in your individual situation. When you get a bite, be careful when sitting the hook or you could pull it through their small fragile mouth.

The crappies have very good vision so you do need to be careful what you use. If the hook or line is visible the crappies will most likely pass up your offering.

The color of the jig or lure you use will also have a factor in how successful you are. Knowing how the different depths and types of water affect the color of your lure will help you decide which ones to use in different situations. For example, reds are best used in shallow waters. The orange colors should be used in medium deep water and as you go deeper follow the pattern of yellow, green, blues and blacks. White lures are normally good for any depth.

Many anglers love to catch a mess of crappies not only for the thrill of fishing but because they are extremely tasty. They have firm pure white meat with a mellow flavor like nothing else you’ll ever taste. They’re easy to catch so all types of anglers seek them out, even the beginner. In fact, they are one of the easiest fish to catch when learning how to fish. However, being easy to catch doesn’t mean they’re boring. They have lots of energy and will certainly make your fishing adventure worth wild. In fact, if you hook one of the larger sizes and they put up a good fight, they have been known to bend rods and even break a few.

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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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