Despite the fact that the Crappie is in sunfish family, they are fairly sensitive to our star. For this reason you will find more of slabs in tangles of underwater roots, submerged forests and anything offering a hidey-hole and shade. This makes for tentative fishing but that adds to the fun and sport that is Crappie fishing.
The most effective of all the methods for Crappie is the live minnow, but it is not always possible that your local store has any left; or you can be bothered catching any.
The best fishing lures should consist of a wide variety of hard and soft baits, especially jigs. Crappie jigs should range in many sizes but 1/32 oz, 1/16 oz are usually safe bets.
Chartreuse is a very efficient color with them so make sure you keep your lures stocked up at all times. Tube and curlytail jigs work best because they are changed over very quickly without the need to retie. Adding reflectors, spinners or spoons will also help attract fish to your lures.
Crankbaits work equally well, but experimentation will be needed depending on thermoclines, light levels, as well as the color of your Crappie habitats.
If the water is dark then florescent and bright colors will not go wrong.
On sunny bright days and clear water, nuances of silver work well. Overcast days require darker colors, but keep in mind the fish will change water depths depending on the temperature.
Number two hooks are excellent size for Crappie. However, the fish don’t have the nickname ‘papermouths,’ for nothing. Their mouths tear easy and studying fishing videos, books and listening carefully to those in the know will help you set your fishing hooks into more Crappie than any lures or baits ever will.
Brad Jorgensen is a fishing enthusiast from Denver, Colorado and an avid blogger on the latest in fishing tips and techniques. Having traveled throughout North America seeking out fishing adventures, Brad is knowledgeable in a wide range or fishing topics.