What do Crappies Look Like?

Crappie Fishing Tips

Both the black and the white crappie feed on insects, crustaceans, zooplankton and smaller fish species. In the early morning and late evening the crappies can be found in the shallow parts of the water but they will move out to the deeper parts of the water during the middle of the day when it begins to heat up. When fishing  for crappies, look for them around all types of structures such as logs, brush, points, grassy areas and anywhere else they can hide out.

One thing is for sure, you don’t want to underestimate the crappie. They may be small and easy to catch but that doesn’t mean they’re not interesting. This species will put up a good fight for their size and they’ll fight to the end.

They will start by striking your line very aggressively and when they’re hooked, they’ll start jumping around from one side to the other keeping you on edge the whole time you’re reeling them in. This makes catching them fun and exciting.

When fishing for crappie you can use most any method you choose such as drift fishing, casting, trolling or jigging. They can be fished from the shore or a boat, whichever you prefer, with great success. Whichever method you choose to use, it’s recommended that you use a bobber because this will help you know when you have a bite. There are a variety of artificial lures that will work great but small spinnerbaits seem to work in most all conditions and in any season.

When fishing with live baits, try using worms and minnows for the best results.

Fishing for crappie is just plain fun and it’s the perfect species to seek out when you’re teaching kids how to fish or for family outings. Once you’ve experienced the thrill of reeling in the crappie, you’ll want to keep on fishing for this small but amazing species every chance you get.

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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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