Does chumming for crappie work?

I heard a few Crappie fishermen talking about chumming for Crappie does it actually work?

According to those who use these method, it’s an excellent way to attract large crappie while fishing at night.  Since one of the biggest obstacles to night fishing is the inability to “see” the perfect spot, this method actually works to bring the Crappie to you rather than vice versa. It does however, require the use of submerged lights.  The chum will attract minnows and other baitfish which will in turn attract the Crappie.  To make your own, you’ll need an old meat grinder.  You can use any type of meat or throwaway fish, as well as minnows, smaller bluegill, carp or even shad.  You’ll want to check with local officials to make sure you’re not including anything illegal.  In a one gallon plastic bag, combine the ground meat and water leaving about 1/3 of the bag empty and then freeze it.  A mesh laundry bag is ideal for holding the chum when you’re ready to put it in the water.  Set up your lights and rods and transfer the chum to the mesh bag.  The bag should be placed in the water at the depth that you’ve located the fish.  Fishing over plastic fish attractors will eliminate the possibility of hanging up your rods.  Once the minnows and smaller game fish show up, the Crappie won’t be far behind.


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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