Midwest Crappie Fishing

Do you have tips for midwest crappie fishing?

When you mention “Midwest” crappie fishing I am going to assume you mean upper Midwest. Crappie fishing in the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan is much different than the Crappie fishing in Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky. In the Midwest you really want to find wood if available. Both the Black crappie and White Crappie relate to wooden structures more than any other form of cover. Whether it is standing trees or fallen timber if you find wood you will find Crappie in most cases. When fishing the Midwest you will be primarily angling for Black Crappie. As you move further south the White Crappie becomes more common, but in the upper Midwest Black Crappie are the dominant of the two species. The best method for catching Crappie is using a jig and minnow combination. You can fish this bait in many different ways. It can be still fishing over the side of a boat with an occasional jig of the rod, it can be suspended under a bobber and cast out or it can be cast out with a steady retrieve employed. I have found two colors to work best when selecting Crappie jigs. Pink and chartreuse are without a doubt the most popular colors for Crappie jigs. Crappie jigs are marketed as “pinkies” in the upper Midwest because of their known ability to catch this species. In summer these fish will move to deeper water in the twenty to thirty foot range. Here you will have to still fish for them, preferably with a lively minnow.


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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