What is the best way to catch crappie under a bridge?

What is the best way to catch crappie under a bridge?

Catching crappie from under bridges is actually something you can do easily all year round.  First, understand why they like to hide under these bridges.  The bride provides the crappie with cover, enough food supply and for shade from the sun.  And, deeper bridges do this even better all year round.


For most, the easiest way to go about fishing these crappie is to simply tie up to the pillars that the bridge provides, get a couple of rods rigged to go with minnows and wait.  That will provide you with enough time for a nap, or two.  If you really want to catch some fish, don’t bother sitting around waiting and get up and move.  Instead, use a trolling motor and move around under all of the pillars.  This way, by the time you have circled them all, you know if the fish are biting in that area or not. 


The other factor to consider is the depth of the crappie.  Depending on what time of year it is, and your location, you should be able to determine just how deep you need to fish to reach them.  If you know the depth, start fishing at that depth.  If not do not, then start at the deeper pillars, fishing two or three sets and then move down to a different depth.


Remember that fishing crappie from under bridges is something that can be done year round, in most locations.  The key is just have to have a few tricks up your sleeve to make it happen.

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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