What time of year is best for catching Crappie?

In most locations in the U.S., what is the best time to catch crappie?

The best time of the year to catch crappie depends on you, the angler.  Most anglers that have basic knowledge or are considered “part timers” are going to do best in the easiest time to catch crappie.  The easiest time to catch them is during their spawning period which is in April in most areas.  April is a great time to catch crappie because they are plentiful and easy to lure in.


If you are more experienced, or are willing to work on being that, then you will find that you can catch crappie at just about any time of the year.  You just need to know where to look for them and how to get them to bite.  Deeper water is often an option in colder months.  If there is a large bridge that you can fish under, this is a great place during the cold winter months to find crappie. 


On the other hand, if you want the easy way to catch crappie, seek out the places where you know they will be, year after year, as they migrate in order to breed in April.  Woody structures are where many will lay their eggs and raise their young.  Look for water that is shallow, no more than five feet and then seek out woody areas in that water.  Look towards grass beds and pad stems, too. 


What’s more, once you learn a great place to catch crappie in the spring, then you will be able to return there year after year to fish them as that’s when they will be there in their largest amount.

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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