Crappie Fishing Tips

Crappie are one of the best freshwater fish in America but the secret is tracking down the school.  A strike from a Speck/Slab is light compared to a bass, which means you will need the right tackle to feel the strike and land it.  Before we can learn any Crappie fishing tips or techniques, we first need to understand their habits. 

 Crappie Seasonal Habits: 

The best way to catch Crappie is to know where they normally hang out. Crappies are generally located in schools near underwater bush piles or structure. It is important to note that if you are after the big crappie they are farther away from the school. Look for big crappie in smaller underwater weed beds or structure around the outskirts of the larger school. croppy fish

Seasonal trends also impact where you will find them and adjust your crappie fishing techniques accordingly, as they move locations as the water temperature changes. The great news is Crappie can be caught in Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. However, the best time of the year for catching crappie is between spring and fall, during pre-spawn to post-spawn. They are found in shallower waters during the spawning season. The speck fish tend to hang out in deeper water during winter as the temperature drops and also during the summer as the shallower waters are to hot. Now that you know where and when to find these slabs, let's move on to some Crappie fishing tips and techniques. 

Crappie Fishing Tips & Techniques

Use a Fish Finder like the Humminbird and/or use a Topographical Map: As previously discussed, season, water temperature, and underwater structures are key elements to tracking down a school of crappie, in particular, if you are new to the lake you plan on fishing or just a newer crappie fisherman. croppie fish

Have the Right Fishing Tackle: Croppie fish have a softer bite and have a delicate mouth; hence, the papermouth nickname. One can easily tear their mouth and shake off your hook, which is why it is recommended you use a thin hook.  Most Crappie Anglers use a # 6 hook. You will also want to use a lighter fishing line (i.e., 4 lb to 8 lb test) depending on the depth. 

Use the Right Bait / Lures / Jigs: The larger slabs eat bait fish, mostly minnows but they will even hit a small shad.  Using minnows is the best way to catch crappie; however, lures can be just as effective. Small jigs are the lure of choice for catching crappie. Jigs come in all sorts of color choices.  Generally we find that any jig with a chartreuse color is successful.  

Water Clarity and Light levels: Water color is probably the most important factor driving crappie’s feeding activities. Crappie primarily feed based on their sight. If they can't see your bait, they won't take it.  Studies have proven how a fish see colors depends on water clarity and light levels. So depending on light (i.e. time of day) and water clarity a bait may be more visible at one time of day and/or in a certain water clarity, but with different light and water clarity that same color jig might be invisible to the Crappie.   A general rule of thumb is to use lighter colored jigs / lures in darker water and darker colored jigs/lures in clear water.

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