Do you have any tips for catching crappie in late October on Logan Martin on the Coosa River in Alabama?

Hey Dan, Do you have any tips for catching crappie in late October on Logan Martin on the Coosa River in Alabama? Any tips will be helpful. Thank you, William

Hi, William. You are lucky to be able to fish these Alabama waters in the fall for crappie! In both the fall and winter, the crappie are going to be deeper, and the water will tend to be more stained than it normally is. For this reason, you might want to use brightly colored lures in oranges or bright greens or reds and try some of the Yum baits that are impregnated with scent. When the crappie can not rely as heavily on their sight, you have to let them take the time they need to find the bait by sight and scent. The cooler water is also going to slow the crappie down, and they will tend to lie in wait in places that make it easier for them to ambush their prey rather than having to expend lots of energy to catch them. Remember to not try to set your hook like you would for other fish. Let the crappie take the bait and run with it for a moment before you attempt to reel it in. Most of the crappie are going to be tight in the cover on ledges in the channels. The pattern of hiding in submerged structure such as stumps and grass beds, will hold from October until the middle of November. Try a bottom bumping type of technique when you are crappie fishing in these areas in the Fall. To perform this technique, spool your reel with 12 pound line and use about an 8 foot rod. You will hang up pretty often, so the 12 pound line is what you will need so you can free your line. Use a � ounce weight on bottom, and tie a #2 snelled eagle claw hook about a foot and a half up from your weight, and add a minnow. Find ledges along the bank with structure, just slowly bumping your bait along the bottom, and you will have the crappie coming out of the structure to ambush your bait!


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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