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Crappie Fishing

Early to mid spring brings a horde of crappie fishermen to the many freshwater lakes around the United States.

Crappie are wildly prolific, they are fighters and fun to catch and have a wonderful light flavor.

Both black and white share many of the same properties and can be found living side by side in the many lakes, rivers and ponds across North America.

Black Crappie FishDuring the earlier spring, the fish may cruise channel edges, very often in the larger creeks, or close to major water flow of lakes where they will spawn, moving around with weather changes or from brush piles to stumps just waiting for you to drop a jig in the right place, but more, at the right depth.

Fishing for crappie is pretty depth specific and to be honest, dropping your rig in even a foot too deep, depending on the day, can be just the same as leaving it sat in the boat, because you’re going to catch the same number of fish.

White Crappie FishIf you’re familiar with the area that you’re fishing and know where the brush piles are, you can let your minnows show you the right depth to fish, but sometimes you will need to do a bit of scouting to find that perfect depth.

If the larger groups of fish, particularly shad, are hanging out at about 10 feet deep, chances are that the crappie are going to be just about there too. Spend a bit of time watching the baitfish and finding the cover that has a few fish around it and you’re going to have more success.

One of the places where fishermen find the best success in the earlier part of spring is at the edge of a creek or channel, near a slope.

Many fishermen even set up a man made cover, sinking brush piles or small branches near those areas, or seeking out clusters of debris already in place by walking the banks.

Crappie tend not to like a line when its doing a lot of dipping and swooping so you’re going to need to keep your action to a minimum, touching the rod only when you need to.

17 inch Crappie that weighed 2-pounds, 6-ounces!

For the most part, people find it strange that crappie are going to hit hardest when you are eating a sandwich or grabbing a drink, but the truth is that it’s because you aren’t working the line and crappie like it light. Keep your rod in a holder if you have trouble not messing with it, watch for that light tap and then react with a sharp wrist snap to assure he’s on there to stay.


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