Fishing the Ozarks for crappie

What crappie fishing technique do you recommend to fish in Lake of the Ozarks?

When fishing the Ozarks in the spring as water temperatures rise to 60 to 65 degrees look for the crappie in shallow waters.  Shallow waters in this case are anything around 3 to 6 feet of depth and occasionally they are found in shallower waters but they generally venture that far only to lay their eggs, not to eat.  Spring spawning season on the Ozarks occurs in April when temperatures start to break 60 degrees in some shallow areas but still remains colder, 50 degrees, in the deeper areas.  One of nature’s tells is to watch the dogwood blooms.  Of course there are some others but nature will follow nature so learn to read the signs.

Spring is the best season to get this fish with the least amount of work but there is only a short month or maybe two at best.  Then the warm water syndrome sets in.  Crappie will seek cover in structures in deeper cooler waters during non-spawning times.  They survive by eating the bait that also surrounds these structures.  So fish these areas with a jig or live bait.  When using a jig drag it just above the structure and try lots of different jigs until you find what works.  Remember that what works one day will not work on the next so try other lots of stuff.

When fishing structures with live bait and a bobber set the bobber so that your bait is just above the structure and keep it moving.  Use a bobber and line that will let the bait move around.


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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