What’s the best way to catch crappie on Weiss Lake?

What’s the best way to catch crappie on Weiss Lake?

This one is easy! Weiss Lake is probably THE premier crappie lake in the country. A good place to start is along the major Coosa River ledges that run from Riverside Campground to Three Mile Creek. Use chartruese small marabou jigs and bump the bottom with them in 11-15 feet of water. Or use small live minnows under a slip float, right above the bottom. The upper Coosa River has lots of log jams and other structure that break the current, creating prime habitat for hungry crappie. Dropping a small fathead minnow under a slip bobber in 5-15 feet of water, behind log jams and other structure is an almost guaranteed way to fill your fish basket on Weiss Lake. If you don’t have a boat or float tube, then you can try your luck at the piers on JR’s Marina. These docks produce LOTS of crappie for shore anglers. You can use a live minnow under a bobber in 5′-10′ of water, or use a meat-getter dropper rig right by the docks. Drop the minnows all the way down, then reel up about 1′ from the bottom. Another good area is along the old Coosa River channel. You can drift along it using a fish-finder rig and live minnows, or a double-jig rig about 1′ off the bottom. Small crank-baits and french spinners work well along the channel. If you’re into fly-fishing, then the upper Coosa is the place to go. Use a sink-tip line and Crappie Candy fly patterns, and fish all along the log jams and any structure that breaks the current. Small Clouser Minnows work very well here, also. Happy Fishing!


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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