How to catch winter crappies

This tip applies to crappie all year ’round, but especially in winter. If you are jigging for crappie, and only catching small ones, try jigging a bit deeper, or more shallow. Larger crappie often hang out above, or below schools of smaller ones. I don’t think anyone really knows why…it’s just a crappie thing……

And lastly, if you’re using minnows, be sure to bring an assortment of sizes. Crappie like different size minnows at different times, and can very very selective when they get moody. The best way to hook minnows is very lightly through a bit of skin at the back. Be careful not to damage the backbone or lateral line, or your minnow will be dead before it hits the water. Crappie seldom hit dead minnows.

For an added attraction, take a pair of fingernail clippers, and lightly clip the bottom tail fin of the minnow. This will make it swim erratically, and it will drive crappie insane, at times.

Winter crappie fishing can really help beat the winter cabin-fever.

Happy 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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