5 Secrets for Indiana Crappie Fishing

One point to remember is that local bait shops keep the lines of communication open for all anglers and they can tell you what was working yesterday or even earlier in the day. They are a wealth of information and can give you information on bait and locations. This helps better than guessing what to use for bait on any given day.

You can troll, drift or vertical drop for crappie fishing. If the weather is cold, you want to drop the bait in front of the fish. If you are fishing a hot summer day, drifting or trolling will work to cover a larger area. The crappie lurks around weeds, dead wood and around rock structures. You want to present the bait in these areas. The best places to find crappie is by channels, mouths of rivers and along the shorelines where there are debris in the water.

Although crappie fishing is a popular sport, many anglers take for granted that the fish will always be there. You may get out on the lake one day and see no luck catching any fish. Then the next day, you could see rods hauling in fish every second. There is no way of knowing what you are going to see on any given day. Fishing is about luck, but it is also about skill. You do have to know what you are doing to land the fish.

Simply boating out on the water and casting your bait does not take any skill. Boating to the right location and using the best presentation is the only way to fish for crappies. You have to have confidence in what you are doing and how you are doing it. Days will be slow, but if you get out at the right time, you will see more action and have more catches.

From time to time, you will see a reason to change your presentation. This can occur hour to hour or day to day. You have to be prepared to change as the weather changes and as the fish change.

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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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