When fishing for black crappie, is it different than going for white crappie?

When fishing for black crappie, is it different than going for white crappie?

Actually, there is a little bit of difference when it comes to fishing for black and white crappie, but it is basically the same. They can be found living together, in the same habitat, all over North America. They are present in lakes, rivers, and ponds. Early in the spring, both black and white crappie can be found the outside edges of channels of creeks, as well as being found regularly near the major areas where there is a lot of water flow in Lakes. It is in these areas that they spawn. The thing is, as the weather changes, they tend to move a bit. They can both be found around brush and structure, but pinpointing depth is always the most difficult part of fishing for crappie. If you know the depth of the baitfish (such as shad) you can bet the crappie will be there too. Both black and white crappie like a still line, and you are best to pinpoint the depth and let your line stay still while you wait for the black and white crappie to come to you. The main differences in black and white crappie are that blacks like less turbid, cooler waters than the whites do. They are more likely to be found in clear, quiet waters such as ponds and smaller lakes. If you are going to look for them in rivers, try the slow moving areas where there are lots of underwater grasses and weeds.


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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