Five Winning Crappie Secrets

The crappie is one of the easiest species of fish to catch. That is, once you find them. They hang out in schools so when you’ve found one, you’ve usually have found a good fishing spot. They can be found anywhere there are natural or man-made structures. Any submerged trees or brush piles found throughout the body of water is an excellent place to look for crappies.

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.

Reasons to Fish for Crappie
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.

Before you plan any crappie fishing trip, it’s a good idea to get fully prepared. You can get fishing reports of the lake or other body of water you are planning to fish on for starters. Fishing reports are a great way to learn more about the area, the waters, the weather and the types of fish you can expect there.  When you read up on the fishing reports, you can also find out what tactics and techniques other people have used in the past which have helped them catch crappie. You should also prepare for the season.

While crappie can be found most all year round, the time of year you go can affect the type of bait you use and where you fish for them.

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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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