How do I Catch Crappie

When searching for them, look for the baitfish and they will =most likely be somewhere nearby. In the spring they will be in the shallows where they will build a nest to lay eggs during the spawning season. They will also be in the shallows in the fall months. During mid summer and winter they will move out to deeper waters.

Crappie Fishing Techniques and Baits

Since crappies love cover, it only makes since to use a technique that allows you to get into these areas easily. This is why vertical jigging is so popular. Casting is also used quite often when seeking out this species. This is because both of these techniques make it easy to get the bait in the area where the fish
are without scaring them away.

Since vertical jigging is one of the most popular techniques to use when seeking out crappies it stands to reason that jigs are some of the most popular lures to use. However, there are other reasons why jigs are so popular. There are so many different types and colors of jigs available that it makes it easy to find the one that they are attracted to the most in any given situation.

Streamers, small poppers and spinnerbaits are also very popular when it comes to crappie fishing baits because they are similar to their natural food source. When using live baits you’ll find that minnows, worms and small threadfin shad work very well. However, as a beginner you may not want to start out with live baits.

It is, however, a good idea to have a variety of artificial lures with you every time you go fishing so you can be prepared no matter what mood the crappies are in.  Now you should have enough information to set out on your fishing adventure and reel in those crappies, even if you are new to the sport. Have a great time crappie 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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