Hoosier Crappies

I am going crappie fishing next weekend. I live in beech grove IN. I will go anywhere in the state, but I want to catch some GOOD crappie. I have a small boat with a 10hp motor, where should I go with this weather and this time of year? And where in the lake should I fish? Thanks a lot!

This is the absolute worst time of the year anywhere to try to catch crappie. They will be in deep water, suspending without regard to any structure, and will be sulky, refusing to bite anything unless is is almost in their mouths. Your best bet during the day is trolling with spider rigs along channels and drop-offs, with your bait set right at the thermocline.

At night, however, crappie will be cruising the shallows looking for minnows and shad. Find some shallows near deep water, such as off of channels and inlets, with plenty of structure.

The best crappie lakes in Indiana are Brookville Lake, Cagles Mill Lake, Cecil M Hardin Lake, Dogwood Lake, Eagle Creek Reservoir, Geist Reservoir, Lake Freeman, Lake Maxinkuckee, Lake Michigan, Lake Wawasee, Mississinewa Reservoir, Monroe Lake, Morse Reservoir, Patoka Lake, Prairie Creek Reservoir, Salamonie Lake and Turtle Creek Reservoir.

Happy Fishing


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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