Four tips to catch Nebraska crappie

Remember once you find your technique to remain flexible. While there may be one particular way that’s worked for you in the past and that you feel most comfortable with, this doesn’t mean that is the only way that works. If you’re typical technique is not capturing you any fish, it may be time to open up to other ideas.

Weather/Season for Crappie Fishing

One of the most important steps to fishing for crappie is to know what season you are fishing in so you can adjust your fishing tactics accordingly. Depending on the season and the weather, your crappie fishing techniques will be different. In the winter time, the temperatures could be as low as 40 degrees.

At these times, the crappie will be further to the bottom of the water. You should fish for them at areas of 18 or 20 to 40 feet deep for best results.

In fall it may seem that the crappie disappear completely. Many people feel this is the most difficult time to fish for crappie but it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. If you know where to search for them, you can find crappie even in the fall. Crappie are very elusive at this time of year and may be found in very shallow waters at one time and deep waters the next. Your best bet is to learn how to attract them out to where your bait is. Crappie fishing in fall will require slower fishing so they have more time to see the bait, using brighter colored baits to capture their attention and even using scented artificial baits.

It’s also important to remember not to pull on your line at the first sign of a nibble. Be gentler with the line or you might scare the fish off. Springtime is considered one of the easiest times to fish for crappie because they are spawning. You can usually find crappie in more shallow areas, near edges and in brush and vegetation.

If you’ve never fished for the crappie in the past, now is a great time to get started. If you’re like most anglers, once you have the pleasure of reeling them in, you’ll be hooked. They’re the perfect species to seek out when you go out on a family adventure or if you’re new to fishing.

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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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