How to Catch More Crappie in the Wintertime

Fish on the warmest side of the lake, pond or other body of water. This is where crappie normally try to stay in the colder weather.

Remember that crappie may be found suspended in the water searching for food this time of year.

Use stronger line when fishing in deeper waters for winter crappie.

Come prepared- Always be certain to bring proper supplies and to protect yourself properly from the cold winter weather while on the water.

Be patient- The crappie may not be biting as easily in winter as they do in summer so it can require a bit more patience to get what you want.

Oddly enough, winter crappie fishing can be a very predictable time for catching. This is because they have a rigid set of behaviors during the colder winter months. They will typically try to stay at the warmest parts of the water and they will be found in deeper parts of the water as well. You can use an electronic depth finder to help you pinpoint exactly where they are but most habits of the crappie will be dependable this time of year so use this to your advantage.

Don’t think cold weather means the crappie have all hidden. They will also be hungrier for your bait since feeding is not as easy for them during this time of year. Learn about crappie behaviors and the best tactics to use when fishing for them in the winter and you are sure to come home with a bucketful of fish and some great stories to share.

When you follow these winter crappie fishing tips, you are guaranteed to have a more successful fishing trip no matter what season or how cold the weather.

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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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