3 Excellent Crappie Fishing Tricks

The next time you go crappie fishing keep these 3 tricks in mind and you are sure to have a great fishing trip. They’re simple and easy to use and don’t require any special equipment. You’ll be glad you gave them a try when you see the number of bites increasing and notice your catches are getting larger each time you go fishing.

Crappie Basic Information

There are two types of crappies known as the white and black crappie. Both types are the same color ranging from a black or dark color on their back, then changing to a silvery color on the sides. The difference between the two is in their pattern and the dorsal spines. The white crappies have seven to nine vertical stripes along the sides and six dorsal spines. The black have irregular spots scattered along the sides and seven or eight dorsal spines.

Crappies are known by a variety of different names such as slabs, papermouth, white perch and croppie. The average weight for this species is about one pound but they can grow up to about five pounds. In fact, the world record for the white crappie is five pounds and three ounces and the world record for the black crappie is five pounds.

During the spawning season the crappie will search for structures located in and near the shallows where they will make beds to lay eggs. This usually occurs around early spring when the water reaches a temperature of about sixty degrees.

One thing that has been discovered about crappies is that they are an invasive species. They tend to over-populate small lakes and rivers and crowd out the other species that live there.

This can stunt the growth of all the species in a particular area. It’s for this reason that some areas don’t have a limit on the number you can catch and keep.

Still, it’s a good idea to learn the rules and regulations of the area where you will be fishing to make sure you are following them completely.

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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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