Fishing for Crappie in a Duckweed Infestation

Is there any technique that will work for Crappie fishing in a creek that is covered in duck weed?

Are you familiar with duckweed? It’s an extremely small aquatic plant that grows on all ponds, streams, and lakes naturally if nothing is done for control. It’s called Duckweed because Ducks love to eat it. Yes, ducks can be your friends.

I almost looks like a smooth bed of algae floating on top of the water – but it’s not. It looks smooth because the “leaves” are so tiny. In some places it causes a real headache.

Actually, duckweed can also be your friend when fishing for crappie. Why, you ask? Well, we know crappie like to hang out in shady areas and that is exactly what this tightly knitted plant does. This may work to your favor if the really good spots are hard to get to. As the duckweek creeps out, the fish may follow it.

The trick is getting through it. Basically, you just have to penetrate it. Adding some shot lead weights to your line will do the trick. Then just fish as you normally would.

The only caveat I would offer here is to use a weedless lure.  Otherwise you will be frustrated to no end as the green stuff starts accumulating on your hook.

If you are going to jig, your issues will be minimal but if you are casting and retrieving you will just have to work your retrieval a bit slower than normal. Also, after you cast and before you begin your retreive, give it a few seconds to ensure that the lure is below the surface. If this is a problem, just add another shot weight to your line.


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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