3 Crappie Fishing Tips And Tricks

3. Post Spawn is when the males are done, and both the males and females school back up, and move along cover to deeper water to sulk, and recover. They have a maddening habit of suspending at a particular depth, with no relation to any cover, and refuse to move more than a few inches to take a bait. At this time, they are very moody and uncooperative. This is some of the hardest crappie fishing of the year. As the water gets warmer, they go into their summer mode of migrating in search of baitfish, and preferred temperature. You will usually find them at, or near the thermocline, along structure, and large schools of baitfish, especially small shad. They can be as deep as 30 feet during the day; and as shallow as 5 feet at night. But when you do find them, they will actively feed.

4. Winter-When the water temperature drops to the low 60s, crappie will move to
15-20 ft. of water and suspend over structure. They will stay here all winter, until the Pre-Spawn. They will still feed, but the key here is ‘Small and Slow’. Use very small jigs or minnows, and they must be presented almost in their face.

But there is some great crappie action to be had at this time of year due to less fishing pressure, and they don’t move around as much.When crappie get ‘Lock-Jaw’, here is a trick to entice them into action that is very effective at times. You need two rods, one rigged with a jig, or minnow, under a bobber, and the other rigged with a larger crank-bait or spinner. Cast the bobber rig out and let it settle for a bit at a suitable depth. Then, cast the lure out beyond the bobber, and reel it rapidly towards the bobber rig. Keep doing this, and you will get lots of hits on the bobber rig. Crappie think the lure is another fish about to chow-down on your bobber rig, so they will try to beat it to the punch.

When you are night fishing, put your extra minnows in a glass jar, seal it with the lid, and tie a rope to the jar and suspend it a foot or two under the surface, just within the circle of your fishing light. Drop your line near the jar. Crappie will see the minnows in the jar and make a serious effort to ruin their day, grabbing your offering in the process.

When all else fails, try a double jig rig, with a chartruese jig on top, and a yellow or white one underneath. Suspend them under a slip bobber, and give them a little jerk once in a while. Double hook-ups are not uncommon with this rig.

You can also try fly fishing. Any streamer fly pattern works, but the very best patterns are small Clouser minnows, and Crappie candy.

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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