How To Nabb Some Slabs

What can you tell me about slab crappie?

You could write an entire series of books on how to fish for crappie (oh, wait a minute….we already did that! You can find them at

In the space allowed here, I can only talk in generalities, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that your success is determined long before you get to the water, or rig that first rod. You need to understand many basics about crappie in order to find them, and catch them consistently. Otherwise, it is just the Luck-Of-The-Draw. Personally, I am not into gambling. I prefer to depend on myself for success.’Slab’ crappie are the larger members of a school, but the same information holds true for them. If you are catching smaller crappie, it’s usually enough to just move into a bit deeper water top start catching larger ones.

Crappies are migratory creatures, just like birds. And, like birds, they use the same traffic lines every year, and every season. Finding these traffic lanes will almost guarantee a certain amount of success. So you need to prepare long before you ever try to fish. Scout out the lake, or river. Study the lake topography. Learn the biology of crappie.

It’s more like hunting, than fishing, really. When you go deer or hog hunting (another one of my favorite activities), you scout out the area. Game move around all the time, but they use the same traffic lanes, just like crappie. And all game are going from one place to another looking for one or more of four basic needs. They are either going to or from: Food, Water, a place to breed, and shelter (or a suitable place to hang out until they are hungry, thirsty or frisky again). Crappie are usually looking for food, in the form of baitfish. They don’t really need water, so all you need to figure out is where they like to breed, where they can get food, and where the most favorable water temperature and PH is, and the traffic lanes they use to travel to and from these areas.

After that, all you have to do most of the time is just drop a minnow, or jig in front of them, in the proper manner.

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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