Three best baits and places for crappie fishing in Texas

One of the best places in the nation to go crappie fishing is Texas. You can find both the black and the white crappies in the lakes and rivers scattered all through this state and the fishing is excellent. Since the crappie is a smallspecies, ultra-lightor light fishing rod and reel combos are recommended.

Combine this with four to six pound test line and small tackle and you’re all set to go crappie fishing.

Crappies are an excellent species for beginners to learn how to fish because they’re a small species that’s fairly easy to catch but they will put up a good struggle that keeps things fun and interesting. Therefore, even the experienced angler enjoys reeling them in. They can be fished all year long and the Texas environment is perfect for them to grow and multiply. There are many beautiful lakes and rivers scattered all through Texas where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and reel in a nice mess of crappies all at the same time.

Where to Fish and Which Baits to Use

When fishing for crappies you need to choose bait that’ll get their attention and entice them to strike your line. You can fish with both live bait and artificial baits whichever you prefer because both will get excellent results. Most of the time crappies will bite at most anything but they do take spells when they’ll be picky. During these times you may need to experiment a little until you find something that’ll get their attention and entice them to strike.

Here are three of the best baits to use when crappie fishing in Texas:
1. Live Bait- The best live bait to use includes minnows, worms and crayfish. This is three of their favorite foods and usually always gets results.

2. Jigs- Jigs come in so many different sizes and colors that it’s easy to find something the crappies are attracted to. When they’re in a picky mood the marabou jigs and curly-tail jigs seem to be the most effective in these waters.

3. Spinners- These can be fished most anytime and normally yield some excellent results when fishing in Texas. The way they move through the water gets their attention and entices them to strike.

All of these baits usually work very well in these waters and every angler should have a good supply of them on hand. There are also many great places to go crappie fishing in Texas. Three of the best places to crappie fish include Lake Fork, Toledo Bend and Belton Lake but there are many more.

Here are a few more excellent places to catch crappie in Texas:
* Lake Conroe
* Cooper Lake
* Lake Livingston
* Canyon Lake
* Cedar Creek Reservoir
* Eagle Mountain Lake
* Lake Arrowhead
* Lake Brownwood
* Lake Buchanan
* Lake Corpus Christi
* Lake Waco
* Lake Worth
* Red Bluff Reservoir
* Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

This list only includes some of the most well-known places to go crappie fishing in Texas. There are so many different lakes, rivers and streams located all through the state that you should be able to enjoy some excellent crappie fishing no matter where you’re located.

Texas Crappie Fishing Tips
If you’re an experienced angler then you probably already know that the fishing will be different in every location you go. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to try and learn a little about the area where you plan to fish before you head out. Learning as much as you can about the body of water where you plan to fish, will help you find the best locations to catch crappies. It will also help you learn which parts of the lake you need to stay out of. If you can, go out with someone that already knows the area a few times before venturing out on your own.

Crappies are found in areas where there are natural or manmade structures where they can hide out and feed. Look for them around grass beds, ledges, brush, rocks and similar areas. Electronics will make it easier for you to find the underwater structures where the crappies will be located and to determine what depth they’re at. Use these whenever possible for the best results.

It’s important to know that the rules and regulations for fishing are different depending on where and when you’re fishing in Texas so it’s important to learn these before you go fishing. For example, the bag limit changes depending on the season and culling is not allowed in many areas. In some areas of Texas the rules can even be different depending on which end of the lake or river you’re fishing. Therefore, you should take time to learn the rules and obey them once out on the water. It will help to make your Texas crappie fishing trip even more fun and rewarding.


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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