Texas Crappie Fishing

Catching Crappie in Texas

Crappie can be caught by all types of fishing, including still-fishing (or bank fishing), casting, and trolling. Crappie are caught more during the spring time because they are involved in spawning, and are often in shallower waters. If you are looking for a challenge, Crappie fishing the fall allows you to chase the Crappie, who may be in 30 foot waters one day, and in 5 foot waters the next.

Crappie love cover, including submerged logs, boulders, rock, weeds, roots. Cover combined with the right depth means you are likely to find Crappie in that area.

Crappie can be found at different depths during different times of the day. Crappie will be close to the surface during hours in which the sun is not up. Once the sun rises and hit’s the water, the Crappie will drop down a few feet depending on the clarity of the water. Once the sun is overhead, the Crappie are likely to be in the deepest of depths. As the sun goes down, the cycle continues.

Baits which imitate minnows, insects, worms or small crustaceans will attract Crappie in Texas waters. Experiment until you find what works best for your current situation.

The Best Time to Fish in Texas: Spring

During the spring, you will want to fish in shallow to moderate depths as the crappie move into the shallows for warmer water to begin spawning. They typically feed on other small fish during this time, so live bait may be your best bet. If you catch a Crappie in a particular area, make sure to mark it down as you may have come into contact with a school of Crappie.

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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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