Learning to Crappie Fish For The Novice

Basic Crappie Information

Another thing that affects the way crappie takes the bait is the water temperature. Crappie can actually see better in cold water than they can in warm water. This means that you should use smaller size lures when fishing in cold water than you would when fishing in warm water. The type of fishing line that you use is also more important. With their eyesight improved they may be able to see the fishing line which could scare them away. Therefore, light monofilament lines are best used in cold weather. It is suggested that you use ultra-light rods and reels for the best results at all times.

When you go crappie fishing, you need to look for structures because this is where they love to hang out. Anywhere you find weeds, brush, docks, submerged trees, stumps, drop offs and grassy areas you will normally find a school of crappies nearby. It is important to remember that crappies can be unpredictable so they can often be found suspended underneath a school of baitfish as well.

The crappies spawn in the spring and early summer where they can be found in slow moving shallow water. They will build their nest close together and the male will protect the eggs and young fish. After spawning season the crappie will begin to spread out a little but by the end of the fall season they will get back together in schools again. The colder the water the deeper the crappie can be found.

Even though crappies are small they can put up quite a fight and they have been known to bend or break rods on some occasions. It’s this energy plus their great taste that makes fishing for them so exciting.

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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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