How Do I Fish for Crappie?

Where to Look

Look for crappie by downed trees, sand barriers and by weed beds. During the spawn is another good time to look in the shallow waters. The females will spawn and the males will be watching the eggs. If you put any bait into the zone by the male, he is going to go after the bait to protect the eggs. If you are fishing during the summer, you can fish dawn to dusk and look by the underwater brush that crappie hide in and under.

Fishing Reports

Although it is easier to just walk out the door and go fishing, you should listen to the fishing reports until you become familiar with fishing for crappies and know what type of days are the best and what days bring few bites. Most areas have daily fishing reports so that you will know if the fish will be active or where they might be hiding. Maps of the water will help out if the fishing reports give specific information about parts of the water where the fish are biting.

Now that you have some good tips for fishing crappies, you are ready to get started. However, before you go out, make sure that you have everything that you will need to keep and bring the crappie home for the table. Check for daily limits on the water where you will fish and make sure that you can keep every fish or if there are any size requirements, which would be usual for crappies.

If you want the trophy crappie for the table, you should offer large bait to attract the larger crappies. Always remember to keep the fish in a container until you can get them cleaned and cooked or frozen.

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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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