Crappie Fishing Tips

Casting multiple poles is a typical tactic used by anglers in crappie fishing. Tips for making this effective include the use of a trolling rack that will hold the poles in place and setting an easy hook that will easily catch on the paper thin mouth of the crappie. If you set a hard hook, you’ll end up ripping it loose from the mouth of the crappie prior to getting to the line to reel it in. Be sure to watch the bobbers carefully because it can be very hard to detect a hit. Sometimes, the bobber may move a bit sideways rather than dunking and if you don’t react quickly enough, you may lose your catch.

Even for regular anglers, crappie fishing tips are helpful when fishing unfamiliar waters or fishing in a season to which they are not accustomed. For instance, fishing for crappie in the winter can be difficult if you are unaware of where to look. Pre-spawn crappie are typically suspended in creek channels filled with very cold water in January and February, not entering into the shallow areas in the cover of brush piles near the shoreline. These are typically found in 8-15 feet of water, a preferred depth for crappie in warming waters. Providers of crappie fishing tips suggest swimming a jig through the stumps and cover in the brush piles.

In the summer, you might try vertical fishing, since the crappie will be settled a good depth below the surface. Use a light lure with a small spoon – summer crappie fishing will turn out fast moving, smaller fish that dart around, and you’ll need to be able to snag them quickly and efficiently.

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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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