Using nightcrawlers is catching bluegill, but no crappie. What can I try?

All I catch with nightcrawlers is bluegill. I know crappie are down there, what else can I try?

The thing to remember about crappie is that they are not a difficult fish to please and certainly not difficult to find if you know where to look. It is also important to know that there are certain seasons of the year when crappie fishing will not yield anything for you. These seasons are fall and winter. Your best months are between February and August and with the right bait, you will have an abundance of Crappie. Crappie is, by nature, found in the shady brushy parts of the water. They are also found under the deep water docks around the lakes you fish for them. The reason they enjoy these areas is because of the minnows that thrive in these places. They can stay right in the shade and enjoy a large amount of what they love the best. This means you should give live minnow fishing a try. You may find theta the Crappie fishing will produce better numbers for you. You can also try a small spot tail bait to give a small amount of variety. If your prefer to use an artificial bait, you might try a minnow bait or a tube jig and see how it works for you. The key is to find out what the area fishermen and women have found to be the good bait for their particular water spots and see if it works for you. Those who have fished these particular waters for crappie and been successful with it will know exactly what you need.


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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