Five Best Crappie Baits

Planning for Your Crappie Fishing Adventure

If you plan out your crappie fishing trip in advance, you may find that it will go much smoother and you’ll be more productive. Start by doing a little research and learning as much as you can about this species. For example, learn where they hang out, what patterns they tend to follow and the difference between the black and white crappies.

It’s important to know they have paper thin mouths (hence the name papermouth) that can tear easily. Therefore, you need to learn how to set the hook without pulling it all the way through. This may take some practice but simply being aware of it will help you prepare. They also have a very light strike that can be hard to detect. Using a bobber can help you tell when you have a bite.

The more you know about the lake or river where you’re fishing the better because this will give you an idea of where to start searching for the crappies. They can be found around most any underwater structures such as trees, stumps, weeds, grass, docks and so forth. In the spring, they look for cover in the shallows where they can prepare for the spawning season. They will travel out to the deeper waters in the heat of the summer where they can be found between depths of ten to thirty feet.

They will be the hardest to find in the fall because they are more scattered out but they will move closer inland during this season. They will get back together in groups in the winter and head back out to deeper waters. When night fishing you’ll get the best results when fishing on a pier or dock with overhead lights. The baitfish will be drawn to these areas and the crappies will follow. If on a boat, you can use waterproof lanterns to draw them to your area.

Experimenting with different baits and techniques in different situations is a must. It’s the only way to know for sure what will attract the crappies at any given time. Just because something worked well on one day doesn’t mean they will be interested in the same thing the next time you go out. A lot depends on the water temperature, time of day, season and so forth because everything affects the way the crappie respond to your bait.

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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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