Can I catch crappie in the rocks?

While I’ve read tons of articles related to catching Crappie around submerged timber around docks and under weeds or other cover we’ve got a lot of rocks in and around our lake would this be a good place to catch them?

Rocks are actually excellent places to fish for Crappie and they’re often overlooked by other fishermen.  In early March and again in late fall, when water levels are lower and more of the rock is submerged, the heat that the rocks conduct are definitely a draw for Crappie.  Minnows are often attracted to rocks as they not only provide an excellent cover but a food source as well.  Crappies will also use larger rocks as cover for shade and shelter from a strong current.  In many lakes, chunks of rock or limestone are placed along the shoreline to protect it from erosion.  This is often a good spot for Crappie fishing when the water temperatures hit in the 50’s.  The ideal spot will edge deep water.  When fishing these areas in the spring, you’re likely to catch a school or two of Crappie’s heading for a spawning area.  In the summer, choose rocks in shady areas or large rocks that actually produce shade.  If you’re fishing the rocky shore from a boat, you’ll want to move parallel to the bank and cast ahead of the boat.  A depth finder will help you locate schools of Crappie and other structure.  Once you’ve found them, back off from the bank and cast straight towards it.


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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