I need something new to try for catching crappie. Can you give me some bait tips?

Crappie can at some times be the easiest fish to catch and at other times can be one of the toughest fish to catch. Finding them is always the biggest obstacle to catching them. They will not spread out over the entire lake like some other species of fish. They are often very particular as to where they will feed at a given time based on water temperature and several other factors. Some factors to keep in mind when fishing for Crappie are: 1) Crappie tend to move as the water temperature becomes hotter or colder. Generally in the spring they are in shallow water, typically in the six to eight foot depth range. As late spring comes and the post spawn phase begins they move to water that is ten to fifteen feet deep. In the summer they move into deeper water, sometimes as deep as twenty five to thirty feet if available. They move back into shallower water in the fall before moving back into deeper water during winter. 2) Live bait works best for Crappie. Nothing is better than a small lively crappie minnow suspended under a bobber. 3) When fishing with artificials use jigs. The key colors are pink and chartreuse. These two colors will outperform all others when fishing for Crappie. 4) The best time to fish for Crappie is two hours before sunset until two hours after sunset. 5) Crappie are attracted to wood. Look for standing trees or fallen timber and you will likely find Crappie.

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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