Fall Crappie Fishing Techniques

Keep in mind that even though the crappie may be scattered out during the fall they will still move in close to shorelines and shallow waters. They can be found around structures such as weeds, rocks, ledges and in flooded stream channels. As winter approaches they will begin gathering together to form tight schools again.

There are two techniques that are considered the best to use when crappie fishing in the fall. These would be the drifting method and spider trolling.

Whichever method you use it is important that you be patience and continue to be persistent. It may take a little more time locating the crappie in the fall but once you find them, you will be greatly rewarded.

Dealing with the Weather

With fall fishing also comes the cold fronts that will completely change the way the crappie behave. When this happens you must be able to change with it. One thing that you can do is to present the bait in a slow moving fashion where it will be easier for the crappie to take. They are more sluggish during this time and will not go after fast moving bait even if they are hungry.

When the weather changes you will need to change the type of lures you are using. They may no longer be interested in the same thing they took so aggressively before the front moved in. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sizes and colors.

Using a bobber is recommended when you go fall crappie fishing. This can help the bait to sink at a slow pace and allow it to stay in the strike zone for longer periods of time. The longer the bait stays in the strike zone the better results you will have. You also need to dress for the cooler temperatures. The more comfortable you are, the easier it will be to reel in those crappies. Have fun fall crappie fishing and stay safe.

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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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