Black Crappie

Once Black Crappie hatch, their diets mainly consist of insect larvae, small insects, microscopic plankton, and microscopic crustaceans. As adults, Black Crappie feed primarily on small fish, and may even feed on the young of it’s own predators.

Crappie fishing is literally a sport for all ages. Bass and Stripers put up such a fight that a small child or weaker adult may just simply not be able to get the fish in. On the other hand, Black Crappie are often so gentle that you may have caught them before you even realize it. Because of the behavior of Crappie, no fancy equipment is needed. A simple cane pole, lightweight fishing pole, or even your son’s Snoopy pole will catch a Crappie. Black Crappie will put up a small, but admirable fight with a lightweight pole.

Black Crappie will hit on a number of different types of bait. Black crappie bite best on live minnows, small jigs, and spinners. The spring spawning season is the best time to fish for black crappie. Anglers should concentrate on areas with brush, stumps, submerged items such as boulders or logs, and docks. During summer and early fall crappie are usually found in deeper water along creek channels, roadbeds and submerged points. Late fall can be another hot time for crappie as they move inshore again for a short time.

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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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