Catching crappie at night.

What is the single best method of catching crappie at night?

When it come to finding a single best solution to catching fish there is an answer but due to legal issues and possible electric shock I cannot share those methods nor can I condone them.  So after that if you want to have the best crappie catch you might try some of these options.

Start fishing just before spawning season and keep at it through the spawn.  When is the spawn, you ask.  Well it is in the spring as the water temperatures are rising and the shallow water temperatures are just beginning to broach 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  Every area is a little different and sometimes you might be able to find a lake or three that has prolonged spawning seasons or some waters where the temperature rises are staged to provide great fishing.  Start fishing the shallower lakes first in the spring because they will be the first ones to warm up to spawning temperatures.

During the spawn crappie will bite just about any time during the day but the night time is a little trickier.  You will find the night fishing is best within a couple of hours of sunup and sundown, use minnows or jigs and you should have great success.  Another good trick is to fish around dock lights that are lit on a regular basis.  These help because crappie hunt primarily by sight so being able to see the target helps them a lot.  Crappie will hang out in the shadows then dart into the light to grab a bite to eat and dart back to shadows so take advantage of this.

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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