Drift fishing for Crappie

Drift Fishing for Crappie

Drift Fishing For Crappie: A Productive Way To Catch Some Big Crappie 
Equipment You Will Need:
Boat
Trolling motor
Marker buoys
Spinning Tackle
Crappie rigs
Marker buoys
Jigs

Best Location To Drift Fish
The Hardest part about catching crappie while drift fishing is locating the schools.  You will need a topographical map of the area, and should have a good depth finder.  You can pick the topographical map up at the local bait store. (It’s advisable to go there to get the latest fishing report anyway.) Crappie school in open water and if you can find the schools, you can catch a good batch of crappie. 
   Also it has been my experience , the crappie you catch in open water while drift fishing seem to be bigger. The first step you should do before you get out on the water is locate the deepest part of body of water you are fishing on from your topographical map, this will be your starting point. You will be fishing the break areas on the bottom surface.    To Locate a break area, look for changes in depth on your depth finder. Any break deep to shallow, or shallow to deep are good spots to drift. Try to avoid any flat bottom surface areas. You will just waist your time in these areas.How to Set Your Drift for Crappie Fishing
Locate the wind’s direction and set you boat in position to drift along the break (change in bottom depth).  Make sure your boat drifts along the deeper side of the break. You will use your trolling motor to keep your drift in position along the deep side of the break. If you don’t have a trolling motor, you’ll have to use you boat motor to get back in position, (this can spook the fish, thats why a trolling motor is recommended).  The Depth finder will be your guide to stay along the deep side of the break, and to locate the fish.

   Set up a weighted crappie rig to just touch bottom with sinker position, your baits about 18 to 24 inches off the bottom.  As you drift, watch the rod tip.  It will bounce up and down slightly as the weight drags along the bottom.  If the tip of the rod remains still, the sinker is not in contact with the bottom.  When you catch the first fish drop one of your marker buoys to mark the spot.

   Continue to drift until another fish is caught or about 75 yards, then drop another buoy. This marks your drift location for a return drift or anchor position.  Drift about 50 more yards past the second buoy then start up your boat motor and go around the buoys approximately 75yards away.  Now move your boat back in position for another drift. 

   Normally the school will be concentrated in one area.  Keep working the spot until you get no more bites.  If you’re lucky, you can catch your limit and a short time.

You can use this technique on any body of water, so have fun and good luck!

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Trolling for Crappie

Trolling for Crappie

“The nice thing about having a boat is that you can troll to find the crappie schools.  Some fishermen spend all day trolling whether they catch any crappie or not.  I would like to show you a way to troll for crappie and actually catch fish.  Once you start catching crappie, stop your trolling and start having fun reeling in your catch.”
Equipment you will need:

–Boat
–Trolling motor:  that will go as slow as physically possible.
–Jigs:  that have a red head and a white or yellow body.

The jigs should have a variety of different weights.  The weight of the jig will determine how deep you are trolling.  You want to have a variety of crappie rigs trolling at the same time and at a variety of different depths.  This is called a “shotgun effect”.

Where to Start Trolling:
Crappie love structure so you want to start trolling near rock points, known stump areas and known sunken wreak areas.  Think of anywhere a crappie could hide as a predator and dart out and return after catching his prey.  I would start by identifying areas on a topographical map.  This is a excellent way to create a game plan to start your fishing trip.

Initial Trolling for Crappie Set up:
   You can start your slow-troll using live bait .  Hook the minnow through the bottom and to top of his mouth. (this will prevent the minnow from drowning)  Use ½ oz or 3/4 oz weight on the end of the line.

Once you catch the first fish stop the boat!

Know the secret tip to identify exactly where that school is located.  Use the crappie you just caught and use him as a scout fish to find that school of hungry crappie:
1.  Run a hook thru the back of the crappie and make sure its not to deep so you don’t kill the crappie by mistake.  The hook needs to be attached to about 10ft of line with a bobber on the other end of the line.
2.   Let your scout fish lead you to the main crappie school.  Just follow the floating bobber.
3.  VERY IMPORTANT   Stay far enough behind your scout fish so you cannot be seen by the schooled crappie.
4.   When he gets back to his home and all his buddies in the school and probably his favorite structure area, cast your line into the area from a safe distance. (If you spook the fish you will have to start all over again in a different area.
5.  Keep fishing the general area until you fish it out.  If you don’t have enough fish, start the trolling for crappie exercise all over again at a different spot.
6.   You would be surprised how many fishermen never do step 6 and it is probably one of the most important step for future fishing trips.  Mark the spot on your topographical map . If you have a GPS  enter the coordinates immediately so you do not forget.  Remember…you want to learn from every fishing trip.
7.   If you want to get real technical, put a dot for every fish that was caught at this location.  And if you want to get even more technical, record the weather conditions .
Store this tip in your crappie fishing arsenal, then the next time you go out fishing you can plan your trip using this trolling for crappie fish technique.  Make sure you check with your local department of natural resources before you use a scout fish to make sure it is legal in your state.  GOOD FISHING AND GOOD LUCK!

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Crappie in Rivers

Crappie in Rivers

“While schools of crappie tend to congregate in shallow lake areas, river crappie fishing can also produce a great catch if you know what you’re doing. By following several tips, river crappie fishing, especially in the spring during spawning season, can offer a world of success, both in size and quantity of crappie caught. What should you do if you prefer to river crappie fishing to lakes? Here are some tips to finding the most and biggest slabs available.”
   First of all, when river crappie fishing, remember that this breed of fish don’t typically challenge the main flow of the river like larger, heavier fish. Instead, they will use eddies, slack water, and heavy cover to help them break the current and work their way upstream. These will be the best areas of the river in which to fish. Also, spawning occurs outside the current in areas that warm to between 66 and 70 degrees more quickly. Especially search through vertical cover that grows up from the river bottom above the surface, as this is a great place for crappie to stop and be held.If you are in a slower moving river, crappie fishing is best in areas of brush and stumps, as these are the best holding areas for fish passing through. The actual nomadic movement of the pre-spawning season begins as the waters warm to about 62 degrees and becomes a bit muddy because silty water provides a quicker swim than clear waters.

One excellent way that you can take advantage of river crappie fishing is to search the tailwaters below the river dams. After moving up river, crappie will congregate in such areas and remain still for a while, offering an excellent opportunity for a huge turnout. The best rigs to take advantage of such waters are usually arranged from a combination of a jig and a minnow, using a leadhead that is heavy enough to get down into the current. Look in areas of heavy cover and structures that break the current, such as lock walls or sandbar edges.

Realize that, when river crappie fishing, you are not likely to have a hard bite. Soft strikes are common, especially among pre-spawn crappie, and you frequently will notice only that your line goes slack or that something doesn’t feel right. Often, you may wonder if you’ve only snagged on a leaf or stick, but be prepared to reel in anyway, as this is quite probably a catch. Make note of how deep that sinker was as you bring in the line, since it is also quite likely there is an entire small school of crappie here.

Pre Spawn Crappie

Pre Spawn Crappie

“In early spring when the water temperature reaches the mid 50s, the crappie will go into their pre spawn mode. To find crappies this time of year look for the warmest sections of the lake. Generally shallow areas on the north side of the lake in the backs of protected coves.”
   The ideal spawning areas will consist of a sandy or semi soft bottom. If the bottom is hard, it is difficult for the crappie to fan out a proper nest. If the bottom is soft such as a soft muck it will not hold the shape of the nest very well and will be difficult to keep the nest clean. The best spawning areas will also be in close proximity to cover such as tree stumps, brush piles, fallen logs, or standing timber.

Another consideration is wind. Crappie prefer to spawn in areas protected from excessive wind and wave action. Extended periods of high winds and cold weather will force the crappie to move out of the shallows and back out to deeper water. , usually they will move to the first drop off or edges of the creek channels.

Crappie tend to spawn in the same areas as largemouth bass. The bass will spawn before the crappie so if you find an area in which the bass are spawning. Move out to the first deep-water drop off and scan the area with your electronics. Once you find a concentration of suspended crappie cast past the school with a 1/16-ounce jig on 4-lb test line. Count down as the jig sinks to the same depth as you found the crappie. Once your jig reaches the depth they are holding begin your retrieve through the suspended crappie. It is better to keep your jig slightly above them then below them. Crappie have a tendency to feed up rather then down.

Another strategy is to position your boat directly above the crappie. Lower your jig down while counting until your offering is directly above the fish and hold it there with very little movement.
In the early stages of the crappie’s pre spawn movement, they are not very aggressive. However, they will take a jig presented directly in front of them but will not chase the bait. Once you catch the first crappie make note of the depth you caught the fish. Then repeat the count down until you reach the same depth where the first fish was caught.

When a fish is caught, play the fish for a few seconds at the depth it hit. This will sometimes trigger the competitive instinct in other crappie and they will become more aggressive. A bobber setup can also be effective at keeping your bait at the right depth, however only when the crappie are holding at 8’ or less. Any deeper then 8’ and the bobber setup will be ineffective. Crappie tend to bite very softly at this time of year.

As the weather warms, the crappie will start their movement to the shallows. The shallower they are holding the more aggressive they will become. Move your boat shallow in a position where as not to cast your shadow on the area you are fishing. I like to use a 10’ – 12’ rod when the crappie are holding in 3’ to 4’ of water. Lower jig down into the cover or along the side of stumps. Hold there for a while and if you do not get a bite lift the rod, move a little and lower it back down. Fish the piece of cover from all sides and very thoroughly.

Spring Crappie Spawn

Spring Crappie Spawn

Crappie Spawn is an exciting time of the year usually between March and April each year in the Southern regions when water temperatures reach 62 to 68 degrees, however this is not always true, the northern part of the region may take until May or June to reach the right temps for the crappie spawn to take place.”
   As seasons change, crappie have a migration path that they make their way to the shorelines to lay their eggs for the big crappie spawn when the seasons change to spring time. When the temperature is right I have seen crappie so shallow the top fin is out of the water. Always remember the west side of the lake always warms up first, this is where the first wave come in the shallows for the crappie spawn. Crappie are very similar to Largemouth bass when it comes to spawn, they share the same space at the same time.   When the crappie spawn occurs on your lake or pond they can position themselves anywhere from the bank to shallow underwater ledges, and those drop-offs will fall to 10 feet or more, look for shallow ditches, cuts and gullies, near bank-side bluffs or coves. Also it always helps to scan your sonar to find these areas in your boat. As the crappie spawn takes place there are unlimited places to find them, look around the edges of weed beds, timber stands, brush piles, bridges and boat docks.   Here are some tips to help you locate and catch these fish during the crappie spawn, the best way to fish starting out is to use medium size minnows either straight line or use slip corks on your reel so that you can easily adjust your depth as necessary. You will also want to use 6lb line, the lighter line will not be easily detected in shallow waters for the crappie spawn. You can use a light bait caster rod and reel or an ultra-lite open faced rod and reel setup using a small beetle spin or spinnerbait with a single blade on either bait that mimics baitfish. Be mindful of colors, if one works good, another color may be excellent.

   Chartruese/black colors work well in low light conditions, when in clearer water use silver/black or plain white baits for some serious action. Remember what depth you got bit at and return to that same depth, sometimes a one to two foot depth difference will mean getting bit or not, this applies to not only crappie spawn, but when they retreat to deeper waters. Here is a great tip to take to the lake with you, like most of us we are unable to know where the crappie are at all times so you can stop by or call your local marina and ask the marina manager what depth the crappie are being caught, some local fisherman will boast about their catch to the marina managers and this can give you valuable information, sometimes even baits choices.

   Remember to carry a certified measuring stick with you to measure your fish, as some states have a 10″ minimum length and a limit of 25 crappie per person.  Always check with your state parks & wildlife to make sure about length and limits, make sure that you carry your fishing license with you when you are at the lake, it will save you from getting a ticket. A very important tip to remember after the spawn is over, is that they will retreat back to deeper water and generally they will stay at 75 degree waters.

Spring Crappie Fishing

Spring fishing will not be the same in one area vs. across the U.S.  Find what is working in your area by local DNR or through fishing forums in your state.  The window of opportunity in the spring spawning is narrow, so make the most of it.  About May is when the water temperature reaches 58-68 degrees.  During this period of time in May, you will have many plates full of crappie and lots of memories.

Veteran anglers will go earlier in the spring and search the deeper waters, then as spring progresses they follow them right up to the spawning beds.  Typically, these fish are deep enough for anglers to set up directly over them and drop jigs or minnows to the fish.  Vertical fishing, when done properly, allows you to find crappie, or at least find cover thats likely to hold fish and present offerings very precisely.  With this method, they increase their spring catches by 50%.

In the spring when the water temperature is on the move upward along with the length of the day, males will come to build their nest.  You will be able to also catch females, but you will find your stringer will have more males on it.

> Small lakes and/or ponds, search coves or dams of the smaller lakes.
> Channel ledges
> Major creeks in pockets near bodies of lakes
> Reservoirs
> Submerged structures, ground trees, & bushes.

Two Feet Too Deep
Two feet can make a difference on you getting your share of crappie.  They tend to be approximately in the same depth.  No matter what type of fishing you are doing for example: vertical, trolling, or jig & float…the key is to find the depth they are at.  Crappies are a lazy bunch and will not work that hard to find you, so you have to find them.  One of the keys is to find the big groups of shad which could be around 12 feet deep, you will find the crappie are at the same depth.

Stripping Made Simple
Once you have found their depth, if it be in deep waters or spawning beds, is to always get your bait back to the same depth.  Start by letting your bait at water level, then strip your line out one foot at a time to the depth you are seeking.  Then mark your line with a black marker, that way one can go back to the same depth time after time.  With bobber set-ups, all you need to do is adjust them to the right depth.

Double Up
  Use two hooks (jigs and/or minnows) to be more effective.  By offering second bait, you are covering more underground water increasing your catch by 50%.  Also keep in mind to use two different colors of jigs.  Another idea is to tip one jig with a partial minnow, and another jig without a minnow, jig and minnow method.  Try and use small jig and one large jig to see what their taste is today.  Tomorrow their taste & depth could be different, but start out with what you were doing successfully yesterday.

Anchoring & Buoys
  DO NOT anchor over the top of brush piles, would you like it if someone else invade your space.  Key to stay away from their area, by using longer poles to reach into their habitat.  Forget the anchor if possible, as anchors tend to spook the fish.  If you have to use the anchor, stay as far away as possible and lower ever super slow off the front of your boat facing into the wind.  Better way is to use a floating marker which can be purchased for a low price.  If you have a trolling motor, face your boat into the wind, thereby making the boat almost at complete standstill.

Too Much
Crappie does not like go-go dancers (jigs) that do alot of dancing.  Slow dancing down like when you were dating is the best to entice them to hit your jig.  Once in a while do gentle twitch by lifting the rod tip up, better yet that is why they make rod holders.  The movement of the boat will assist in the movement of the jig.  Early spring tube-style or paddle-tailed grubs work better in the spring as there is not that much wiggle.

Last, But Not Least
  Crappie tend to inhale their food, so therefore you will not see much action on your float or line.  Anglers when they know they have a crappie, do not try to reel as the first method, instead lift the tip of your pole to set the hook without tearing the hook out of their paper mouths

Crappie Fishing Tips

Crappie Fishing Tips

 

Crappie Fishing TipsWelcome to our section on crappie fishing tips. Here you’ll get a chance to learn everything you’ll ever need to know about crappies and crappie fishing. It doesn’t matter if this is your first time fishing for crappie or if you’ve been doing it for years, there is information on this web page that will help you. First, you’ll have the option to learn more about crappies and get a better understanding of what they do and why they do it. Followed by a list of crappie fishing tips, crappie fishing records, crappie facts and a list of resources to further your research into fishing for crappie. We’re confident that this article can immediately help your fishing game.

About Crappie (Pomoxis Annularis)

White CrappieCrappie (pomoxis annularis & pomoxis nigromaculatus) is a species of fish native to North America. There are two types of species of crappie, white crappie (pomoxis annularis) and black crappie (pomoxis nigromaculatus). They live in freshwater and are one of the most popular game fish among anglers. Their habitat will usually consist of water that is moderately acidic and highly vegetated. When crappie are juveniles they feed mostly on prey that is microscopic, such as cyclops, cladocera and daphnia and when mature they will feed on aquatic insects, minnows, and fish fingerlings of other species.

A School of CrappieCrappie are a schooling fish and will also school with other types of pan fish. They prefer underwater structures like fallen trees, weed bends and other structures that might be submerged. Generally during the day crappie tend to stay deep under water and only move to shore when feeding, mostly at dawn or dusk. However, during their spawning period they can be found in shallow water in large concentrations. They do not go into any semi-hibernation during the winter, making them a prime target of anglers that are ice fishing. Crappies, both black and white can have color variance that is affected by their habitat, age and the colors of the local breeding population.

 

Crappie Fishing Tips, Tricks and Techniques

Most likely you came to this web page for the below information, our crappie fishing tips. These tips were put together by our team by searching all over for the most effect tips used for crappie fishing. In fact, some of the below tips even came from anglers such as yourself. Feel free to submit a fishing tip if you’d like to see your own crappie fishing secret appear below.

    • Use the Right Fishing Knot– If you’re fishing for crappie with a jig you should use a loop knot. This type of fishing knot will allow the jig to move more freely when casted. In addition, it provides crappie with a subtle movement that is very enticing when done vertically to the fish.

 

    • The Best Live Bait Setup– One of the best bait setups for crappie is to use a #6 hook, a small split shot, a live minnow and a slip bobber. The slip bobber will allow you adjust for any depth while not sacrificing casting ability. Hook the minnow either through both lips or just behind the top dorsal fin.
    • Fish the Right Depth– Crappie can usually be found between three and six feet of water. During the peak of summer crappie will move to deeper areas and come out to the surface during dawn and dusk to feed.
    • Keep the Line Tight– Crappie are known to have a soft lip. This means that they can tear easily and shake your hook if the line isn’t kept tight enough. Luckily crappie will put up a good fight, so keeping your line tight shouldn’t be a difficult task.
    • Don’t be in a Hurry– Crappie will give you more action if you are slow and steady with your jig and/or minnow. Try to avoid retrieving your cast too quickly. If you’re not getting any action and you know crappie are in the area then try slowing down.
  • Use a Topographical Map– Since depth is important when trying to fish for crappie you’ll want to make sure you use a topographical map of the body of water you’re fishing. A map will at least contain depths and in some instances sunken structures like fish beds. You don’t need to pay for these, there are tons of free ones available on the internet.

Crappie Fishing Records

Below is the world record crappie caught by anglers just like yourself. This information came from the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) at the time this content was written. While these type of records do change it’s not that often, you can look up crappie records in real time by visiting the IGFA website. Their is a link to their website in the additional resources on crappie section below. Who knows, in the future we might find your name in the top anglers for crappie because you used information on this web page!

Walleye World RecordJohn R. Hortsman caught a black crappie in a private lake in Missouri, USA on April 21st 2006 that weighted 2.26 kg (5 lbs. 0 oz.)

Walleye World RecordFred Bright caught a white crappie at Enid Dam in Mississippi, USA on July 31st 1957 that weighted 2.35 kg (5 lbs, 3 oz.)

 

Crappie Facts

We’ve put together for you some basic facts and data about crappie. This information is useful to better understand this type of popular game fish and to get an idea of what to expect when fishing for them. The maximum weight and length is from the latest all-time record at the time this information was written. It may have changed slightly, but that is only for the top 0.5% of crappie you’ll find in the wild.

  • Scientific Name: Pomoxis annularis (white) & Pomoxis nigromaculatus (black)
  • Nickname(s): Papermouth, Sac-a-lait, slab, speck and speckled perch
  • Average Lifespan: 10 years in the wild and 12 years in captivity
  • Length: Up to 20″ for white crappie and 19″ for black crappie
  • Weight: Up to 5 pounds, average is quarter to half pound
  • Range: North America
  • Spawning Water Temperature: Black crappie 58-64 degrees and white crappie 60-65 degrees

 

The 6 Best Bass Fishing Techniques

The 6 Best Bass Fishing Techniques

blue ribbon lures bass techniques

blue ribbon lures bass techniques

One of the reasons bass are North America’s most popular gamefish is that they’re easier to catch than most other species, primarily because they are so abundant. But, just because these fish can be found virtually everywhere doesn’t always mean you’’ll be catching a whole bunch on your fishing trip. It’’s more than just throwing your line out there and hoping there’’s a hungry bass that takes it; catching a lot of lunkers comes down to proper technique. Below are critical techniques you should master to maximize your performance as a bass angler.

Pitching/Flipping

When bass are not all that active and are hiding in thick cover, it’’s as if you have to go into stealth mode to catch those shy lunkers. The best methods for getting to thick, shallow water without spooking fish too much are pitching and flipping. They are similar looking techniques, but some occasions require one over the other, especially as it pertains to distance. The key to successful pitching/flipping is practice, a long rod (6.5’-7.5’), and the right soft bait.

Pitching

Pitching is the easier of the two, but is not as precise as flipping. Let out enough line so it’s about even with the reel, and keep your reel open. Lower the rod tip towards the water and with your free hand, grab hold of the lure (worm and tube jigs work best) and pull on the line to add tension. In one smooth motion let go of the lure while swinging your rod tip up. This combination should slingshot the bait towards your target. Be sure to close the reel as soon as the bait lands because bass often strike quickly.

Flipping

Flipping takes more practice, but once you get a good feel for it, you can optimize your presentation and hit your target location more precisely than pitching. Begin by letting out somewhere between 8-15 feet of line and then close your reel. Grab the line between the reel and first rod guide, and then extend your arm to the side as you pull on the line. Raise the rod and the bait will now swing towards you. Using a pendulum motion swing the bait to your desired location while feeding the line through your hand. Tighten up the remaining slack and get ready for a strike. It looks a little awkward, but it’’s a great way to get a drop on some shy bass.

Topwater

For many anglers there’’s nothing more exciting than catching a bass with a surface lure. The sound of the lure, the sight of an approaching fish, and the exhilaration of seeing that big splash when a largemouth finally strikes can be enough to get anyone’s heart racing. Unlike pitching or flipping, topwater lures are meant for hungry, active fish. It’’s a true “lure,” designed to attract attention with noise and dramatic movements. There are several kinds of surface lures, like poppers, jitterbugs, and frogs. Some topwater lures are easy and work best with a slow, steady retrieve, like a jitterbug. Others take some more technique. The aptly named ‘popper’ requires an angler to literally pop the lure as it is retrieved, pausing every few seconds and allowing it to go steady, imitating a wounded fish. The sporadic stopping and moving can drive bass crazy. Another popular retrieving method is called ‘walk the dog,’ commonly used for soft surface frog baits. Walking the dog is where you quickly twitch the rod tip up and down for the duration of the slow retrieve.

Winning Techniques: Topwater tips with hardbaits here.

Crankbaits

A crankbait is all about reflex for a bass. They won’t want to chase it down the same way they would for a surface lure, but even so, noise and presentation is still key to using a crankbait right. Crankbaits are a favorite for many tournament anglers because they cover a lot of water, both horizontally and vertically at a variety of depths. They work best around solid objects, like rocks, logs, and stumps. It is possible to use a crankbait along the side of a weedbed, but generally drop-offs and rocky shoals with plenty of solid cover works best. The more you get to know the feel of the way your crankbait swims through the water and bumps into objects the better you will be at catching bass. Think of crankbaits as a teasing lure. Grab the fish’s attention by reeling quickly, then stopping and allowing the crankbait to slowly rise. Then reel up again and make another stop. This can drive bass crazy. When using a deep diver, you can try the ‘bumping the stump’ technique to tease fish into biting. As you reel in and feel your crankbait strike bottom or a rock, stop and let the lure float a little bit. All that noise and movement will bring bass in and wanting to feast on what they think is easy prey.

Must Watch: Check out Karl Kolonka fishing crankbaots on Extreme Angler TV here.

Spinner Bait

Spinner baits are a little trickier than crankbaits because it can be harder to successfully hook a fish given the design of the lure. However, spinner baits are a great year-round lure that can produce results on any given day on any given lake. Retrieval should range from slow to medium speed, and like the crankbait, works best around some solid structure. There are several different ways to use this versatile lure. One method is to allow the spinner bait to fall to the bottom near a drop off. As it hits bottom, reel up the slack, then allow it to fall to the bottom again. Repeat. For the most part; however, you’’ll be reeling in continuously at different paces. The slower you reel in, the deeper the bait tends to swim through the water. When you reel in at a faster rate, try to not to breach the surface. Hanging just below will create a wake that some fish will find irresistible.

Jerkbait

Possibly the simplest technique for bass fishing and certainly the easiest to pick up is jerkbait fishing. The hard part is knowing what jerkbait to use and when to use it. The lures come in many shapes and sizes that swim at varying depths, but no matter how different they may be, the goal remains constant; imitating a wounded fish. As the name implies, jerking the rod tip with a little twitch as you reel in gives the impression that your jerkbait isn’t swimming at full health. Bass love an easy meal, and that’s what you’’re tying to mimic. While you may find success near weeds or in murky water with crank and spinner baits, jerkbaits don’’t have the same versatility. They are best reserved for clear waters as sight is the most important factor for success with this technique.

Dropshotting

This finesse form of fishing takes a little more effort to rig up than the others, but it’’s a crucial technique nonetheless and should be a part of any serious bass angler’s repertoire. If you’’ve fished with a plastic worm, then you can adapt quite quickly to dropshotting. The major difference is that the weight is below the worm– as you reel up the worm and work its magic, the sinker bounces along bottom, leaving your worm several inches up, free for the taking. The length between the worm and sinker can range anywhere from a few inches up to a foot-and-a-half, it all depends on how muddy the lake floor is and how high you want the bait suspended from bottom. Unlike the other techniques mentioned here, you can drop shot without having to retrieve. You can even just let it go from the side of the boat. The key is moving your rod tip in a way to make your bait dance.

Crappie When And Where To Catch Them

Crappie When And Where To Catch Them

 

crappie when and where to catch them
Well, the Crappie will hit the shallow just in front of the bass. Grandpa and other fishermen will tell you when the Dogwood Blooms, the Crappie are hitting.
I have found this to hold true except when Mother Nature throws you that curve…and everyone has heard me say that.
Normally the crappie will start their Spawn in water temperature in the low to Mid 50’s then it is time to hit the lake.
Spring time and fall are the shot at big Slabs and I am talking 3-4 pounders. Down south, Enid Lake in Mississippi hold the World’s record for a crappie caught and I believe it is over 5 pounds.
Almost every state has a lake that holds Crappie and it is the best time to get the kids out when the Crappie are biting. There is never a dull minute; in fact it can wear you out.
Around the MidSouth, I would recommend the following lakes if they have water and that is the big if. 
Mississippi lakes and I rank these for the best and will list them in that order
1. Arkabutla, 2. Enid, 3. Sardis, 4. Lake View, 5. Flower lake,  6. Grenada
ArKansas  
1. Greers Ferry, 2. Island 40, 3. Horseshoe,
Tennessee Lakes
1. Kentucky Lake, 2. Reelfoot Lake, 3. Cold Creek, 4. Pickwick Lake
Ok, now once you get to the lake where do I look for the crappie and by the way, Crappie have another name. They are also called papermouths, and the reason will become real clear to you when you try and set the hook like a bass and rip it through his lips.
crappie lcoationsThe crappie are going to be in Rock, Wood, Grass in the shallows… Hey there are those three places just like the bass again. 
Two years ago when Mississippi had some water, I was hitting one little grass shoot and would nail a three pounder. What is the old saying “do not leave a spot until you have tried them all”.
Check out the boat docks and marinas…and don’t forget those honey holes that I mentioned in another article.
After all you built them, now is the time to cash in on them. 
Crappie are not like Bass. They will come in by the thousands and after you have caught what seems to be all the fish; back off and believe me when I say follow this tip. The available crappie supply will restock itself within 1 hour; new fish will move in and they are there for the taking.
Fishing for Crappie can start at daylight and run until midday then again at dusk and night time under a light is also very good.
The only part about night time; I recommend fishing from a pier if you are like me and do not like them wiggly sticks (snakes). They will also be out looking for a meal and I prefer to be in a place that I can run and a boat does not give me enough room to run.
One last thing I must remind you to do; please check with the local Wildlife agency to make sure the size that is legal and the amount you can have in your cooler.
I will try and run an article of what I can find out about the laws forth coming.
Keep the Hooks Wet!