Crappie in shallow waters

Are there certain weather conditions that will push the Crappie’s into the shallow water?

Crappie can be caught all year round and in many different places in the water from the more deeper areas of lakes and rivers to the shallow waters, its understanding where the Crappie will be that will help any fisherman gain a bigger catch.

In the spring months you will likely find rappie in shallower waters, this is because of the water temperature increasing with the climate change as the weather improves and air temperatures increase. Another reason you will find Crappie in shallow waters is because the Crappie are getting ready to start spawning. When we talk about shallow waters though we do not mean a few inches of water by the banks of a river, we mean water that is about four to six feet in depth.

To have the best chance of catching Crappie in the spring months while they are in the shallower waters you need to find a good spot that has four to five feet of water and has alot of weed growth at the bottom as they will be looking for somewhere with some shade and protection too.

Once you have found the right spot you will need to fish with your hook about one foot in depth below the surface if you want the Crappie to think about biting. Any closer to the surface and you are likely to fail in your quest of catching Crappie in shallow waters. It is possible to fish deeper in the water to catch Crappie but one foot seems to be the optimum depth to fish in.


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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