What technique should I use for crappie fishing from the bank?

My boat is in the shop, and I’ve gotta go bank fishing. How should I fish them?

Many people are mistaken in their belief that you have to have a boat to fish well. The fact is that bank fishing is an enjoyable and successful way to fish. When you want to fish in this way, start by looking for the right spot, though it won’t be too difficult to do. For example, most areas have piers where you can fish from. State and local parks often have piers on even the smallest of lakes and streams. Or, look for a bridge and fish from that. When doing so, be sure to fish the banks that have nearby rocks. Depending on where you are located and the type of fish you are looking for, chances are good you’ll find a good amount of option this way. As for what you should use when bank fishing, that too does not have to be too difficult. Consider using shallow diving crankbaits, spinnerbaits or buzzbaits, for example. These will work well when the fish are in shallow waters. When that is not the case, then you’ll want to try some deep diving crankbait to help you. Reel it in slowly. If you will be casting to a creek running under a bridge, then use a Carolina rig here. This will be quite beneficial during the summer season especially. And, for those that wish to use live bait, go ahead and use it with a spinning rod. When you feel you need to bank fish, go for it. Just realize it is not bad fishing at all.


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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