Spring Crappie Fishing

For the best spring crappie fishing, use jigs that are red or chartreuse so that they are more attractive through the murky water that is stirred up from the movement of the crappie spawning. If you are fishing for crappie in clear water, you should try a transparent jig that will refract light and be appealing to the fish you seek.

You’ll also learn to tell fish depths by how early your lures disappear. If you lose sight of your jig at four feet below the surface, you should be looking for crappie at depths of about seven feet or more. Always add about three feet for best results.

Early spring crappie fishing also calls for light action rods with fast tips for vertical fishing. There will be little really movement during pre-spawning season, and you’ll be able to vertical fish and find some large specimens that you should reel in with eight pound test line. For trolling, switch to a fiberglass pole with a fifteen pound test mono line. Spring crappie fishing is the most productive seasonal fishing in the United States and calls for anglers to make their first trips out to the lake for the year.

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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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