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Best lures and techniques to catch crappie

Best lures and techniques to catch crappie

Crappie are one of the most popular freshwater fish to catch because they are so abundant and they taste great.  There are 2 types of crappies: black and white.  Black and white crappie share most of the same waters, however, black crappie are most abundant in northern lakes that are cool with a gravel or sand bottom.  White crappie are common in reservoirs, lakes, and rivers.  They tolerate darker water than black crappie and they thrive in southern lakes with soft or hard bottoms.  Both species live in rivers and streams, however, black crappie prefer calmer water and they also tolerate a higher salt content, which is why they are common in estuaries.

Where to find crappie???

Crappie are definitely more popular in lakes than rivers.  In lakes, you will really only find them shallow early in the spring, then crappie move out towards deeper water.  Crappie love wood and they can also be found around weeds too.  Crappie are known for schooling out over open water which makes fishing difficult until you can find them.  You may find these fish 20 to 40 feet down from summer through fall out over open water.

Bobbers?

bobbersBobbers or floats are great when crappie are in the shallows. When crappie move into the shallows in the spring, you can find crappie in as little as a couple feet of water.  Using a bobber is a great way to present a lively minnow or jig to crappie in the shallows.

 

 

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Double Jig  

The double jig rig is probably most popular among crappie anglers, but anglers use this rig for many other fish as well.  Saltwater anglers use a double jig rig with just a plain jig head and they will add live bait or soft plastics.  Panfish anglers like to target perch, bluegill, rock bass and other types of panfish that will school up over deeper water in the summer months.

 

 

 

 

 

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dropshotrigThe drop shot rig is a very popular rig for a variety of fishing situations.  Whether you are fishing deep, shallow, around cover, with live bait, soft plastics, for bass, panfish or huge saltwater fish, the drop shot rig will work in most situations.  The main line is tied to the hook and you want to leave some extra line after you tie the knot so you can tie that line to the sinker.  If you want to keep your bait 1 foot off the bottom, make sure to leave a little over 12 inches of extra line from when you tie the hook to the line.  This way, you’ll have about 12 inches of line left over to tie to the sinker.

 

 

 

saltwater-jigheadsJigheads are key to rigging the many different soft plastics that anglers use for crappie.  Anglers also use jigheads with live minnows, pieces of leeches and worms.  Jigheads are so basic, but essential to catching crappie. I prefer grub tails or tube jigs.

 

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slipbobberrigThe Slip Bobber Rig is the way to go if you are looking to fish deeper water, but still use a float.  You can find slip bobber rigs in most bait & tackle shops.  Once you learn how to use them, you’ll agree that they are fairly easy to set up.  In this rig, the bobber slides freely until it hits the bobber stop.  You will set the bobber stop at the depth that you would like to fish your bait.  For example, you may be fishing a deep weed edge and you see that most of the fish are suspended about 15 feet down.  By setting the bobber stop at 15 feet, the line will slide through the bobber and your bait will be positioned exactly where the fish are positioned.  Fishing with slip bobbers is popular among freshwater and saltwater anglers, but it is probably most popular with crappie and walleye anglers. I also love it for bluegill.

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Spinner Rigs used to catch more bass

Spinner Rigs work great catching largemouth bass. Walleye anglers will usually catch some largemouth bass while trolling spinner rigs for walleye.  If you tip a spinner rig with a live nightcrawler or minnow, you can definitely catch some largemouth bass.  Some anglers will tip these spinner rigs with curly tail worms, grubs or swimbaits.  These presentations work well for largemouth bass even though most bass anglers do not even consider this a presentation for bass.

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Southern Pro Hot Grubs 8Pk 2 In. Grn/Ylw 2.0-08-HG15
Grub Tail

 

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What are the favorite topwater lures for largemouth bass

Fishing with topwater lures is by far the most exciting way to fish for largemouth bass.
Whether you target bass with a frog, torpedo, buzzbait or any other type of topwater lure, the strikes above the surface are just flat out awesome.  At times you can catch some largemouth with a topwater lure during cold water conditions, but for the most part, you’re going to be looking for water temperatures above 60 degress and the better bite is almost always during light conditions when fishing with topwater lures.  In the late spring, summer and early fall, there is usually a very good topwater bite at night as well on most bodies of water.

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Best Fishing Tips for Topwater Largemouth Bass Fishing
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Low Light Conditions are Best

There are exceptions, but for the most part, the better topwater bite is almost always during low light conditions.  Early morning, evening and the night time are best.

Twitch, Twitch, Pause

If you want to consistently catch largemouth bass with a topwater lure, learn how to twitch the bait a couple of times and then pause the bait.  This technique is by far the best technique for consistently catching bass on the surface.

Frogs are Awesome

It’s tough to beat a frog.  Learn how to fish with them and you’ll catch a ton of bass.

Different Types of Topwater Lures
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buzzbaitsBuzzbaits are one of the most exciting topwater lures to use because the explosions can be absolutely incredible. This is a lure that attracts aggressive bass and it works very well during the early morning and evening hours. I like white or chartreuse.

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chuggers-poppersChuggers – Poppers are very popular among topwater bass anglers.  These lures can be retrieved with a quick twitch and stop motion when bass are aggressive.  When bass are less aggressive, a stop and go retrieve with longer pauses will get plenty of bites.

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crawlers-topwaterTopwater Crawlers can be very productive during daytime hours, but this is one of the best topwater lures for night fishing. Bass can easily follow this lure’s slow and steady retrieve at night.  Don’t be surprised if you get some hits right next to shore or the boat.

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propbaitsPropbaits are some of the most exciting topwater lures for bass fishing.  You can use a steady wind-in retrieve or a twitch and pause technique.  The twitch and pause technique tends to work much better as most bass will hit the lure on the pause.

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stickbaitsTopwater Stickbaits provide an exciting walk-the-dog motion along the top of the water.  This retrieve mixed in with a pause will draw aggressive bass from far to see what is causing all of the commotion.  Bass will attack stickbaits very aggressively. I love silver and black.

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topwater-frogsFrogs work great for fishing over lily pads or a variety of different weeds.  The morning and evenings are great times to fish topwater frogs, but you can go into some heavy cover during the middle of the day and get some bass to come up for these lures.  

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topwater-miceMice work great for fishing over lily pads or a variety of different weeds.  The morning and evenings are great times to fish topwater mice, but you can go into some heavy cover during the middle of the day and get some bass to come up for these lures.