Troll for Crappie

Crappie will not bend your pole if catch. The hits may be light, so you have to keep an eye on each of your poles. Even the smallest tap or twinge may actually be a Crappie hitting on your bait. If you witness this, it is a safe idea to begin reeling in that pole. Remember that Crappie have very sensitive mouths. (hence why they are called “paper mouths.”) Do not reel to hard, and use a net whenever necessary.

Once you begin catching Crappie, it is important that you know the current limits for the area in which you are fishing on. Typical limits range anywhere from 20 per fisherman to upwards of 60 per fisherman. It really depends on the region. Once you catch your limit for that day, it is time to go home. If a game warden catches you, not only will you receive a ticket, he will take away all the fish that you took so long to catch.

If a particular spot seems to contain a large amount of Crappie, you may want to note it and swing back to that area later. However, give yourself time to float down the bank as Crappie may be scattered all over it.

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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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