Should You Change Your Presentation?

When fishing for Crappie should I change my presentation or stick with the same thing until I get a bite?

That is a purely personal decision.  You’ve probably heard the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  However, what if it is broken – in other words, the technique you can always count on isn’t working for you?


Fish are fairly predictable, and crappies are probably the most predictable fish you’ll find.  When you find them in a certain spot, they’ll most likely be there again and again.  If they like a certain type of lure that you use, they will most likely like it again next time you’re fishing for them.  If your presentation is successful today, it probably will be again tomorrow.


At the same time, there are flukes, changes in the environment and the weather, and little things that can spoil the crappie’s mood or make them turn their noses up at what you’re presenting.  If this happens, you can certainly keep trying your usual tricks, waiting for interest to return.  However, you should always have a couple of backups to work with, just in case.


Try bottom bouncing today instead of trolling.  Or use the purple jig instead of your trusty chartreuse model.  Maybe you’ve been having a lot of success in some shrubbery in the shallows near the shoreline but aren’t getting anything today.  Move to a new spot – maybe the crappies have moved to deeper water (is it a little warmer or sunnier than usual, or has the water cleared a bit more than normal?).  You can continue to use the same technique and presentation, if you like, but if it’s not working, there’s no harm (and probably something to gain) in trying something different.

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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