General Information on Crappie Fishing

One reason that crappie fishing is so popular is that the fish itself tastes good, with a white, flaky body that even children will eat (think fish sticks and filets that you can buy at the grocery store – these are favorites for children, and crappie has a similar taste). Also, while there are both black and white crappie, fishing for either one is simple, and many anglers don’t bother to classify one from the other except for record books. And don’t be fooled by someone referring to white perch, papermouths, specks, or calicos, either; these are all nicknames for crappie, along with about fifty others.

Because they prefer cover, some of the best crappie fishing can be accomplished in areas near woods and brushpiles. You’ll find that these fish congregate in schools, so when you get a bite in one spot, your best bet is to stay put and continue casting within a one hundred yard area, where you’ll find the rest of the school. Be aware that, although you can go crappie fishing at any time of the year, the fishing will be much better at some points than at others, and you shouldn’t get frustrated if you don’t produce a large catch your first time out during the “off season”.

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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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