How to Fish for Crappie Like a Boss

Crappie fishing is extremely famous and most loved by fishermen! It is because of their abundance in all types of waters in every season and the hope of having great catch at the end of the day. Right knowledge about crappie will do you great help every time you fish for it. Crappies go on schools so that’s why it is not that hard you to fish. And usually go for school bait-fish too! Crappies like live baits or prey. They have this predator instinct that anglers are fascinated most and also help them out where could they can be fish productively.

How to Fish for Crappie with Minnows

Minnows are considered as the primary if not the best live baits for crappies. You can easily purchase minnows on bait shops. But you can catch live minnows for baits also on rivers, lakes or in places where you’re going to fish in every season of every year. You can easily catch them through cast nets or minnow traps too! Live baits are best use on a thin hook. However it’s your primary choice on what type of fishing technique you should be using with it especially on live ones.

You can try simple reel-bait technique. Since crappie love live minnows, they are lots of available minnow mimic lures in the market for crappie fishing. Even most fishermen effectively use live baits, some do use artificial minnow lures for a practical reason or if they don’t feel of going to bait shops to buy. On the other hand, sometimes you can use live baits together with jigs in fishing. With this, it will help you to catch more. Or even a dead minnow bait and a live one in order to lure crappies to bite.

It is also best use with regular bobbers or slip bobbers too so to let the minnow baits suspend just above the crappies to eat.

However, if live minnows are not on hand, you can consider artificial minnows that are soft like rubber or gel. Some fishermen say that they can effectively fish productively using it. But some says live minnows still won the race and considered as the “King of all baits” according to some fishermen.

Another way of crappie fishing is by the use of slender wire hooks directly attached to the fishing line through minnows even without making use of a float or bobbers. Some fishermen or anglers use rig with 2 hooks on it for more fish. It is sometimes hard to use live minnows in crappie fishing because they are sometimes hard to find and by keeping them alive along the way when fishing that is why they tend to use artificial baits instead, no matter what happen.

Moreover, minnows are considered as “the king of crappie fishing”. So why then go for something else.

How to Fish for Crappie from Bank

Crappie fishing on the bank is considered as the most productive and enjoyable way to fish for crappies. It is simple yet the most commonly done by anglers since it doesn’t require for expensive equipment but rather you can go with reel-bait technique that is so simple and traditional too for as long as you know how to hit where and when to fish or you don’t need a boat to enjoy it with of course of a large catch.

For best crappie fishing, you can make use of simple techniques such as dipping the cover, casting and by using float.

One way of catching crappies on bank is dipping that is best to be done during spring and fall. It is normal for crappies to move out to shallow waters to feed themselves at this time of the year, so it is more exciting to do bank fishing then. They try to lay eggs or spawn during spring so usually they prone to go on covers of the bank to feed. They usually spawn in as little as 1 ft. near the surface making it is easy for fishermen to fish.

Crappie fishing on banks is much productive since crappies go on schools under cover so expect for great catch. The best way to dip is by using a simple rod and bait where in you must start dipping on slopes of the bank slowly moving it down to much deeper part of the water. Remember to do it quietly to avoid scaring them away. You need to watch closely those covered parts like lily pads, submerged debris of fallen trees or as such because surely you’ll surely going to win.

You can choose also cast and retrieve technique too for bank fishing using a jig and cut baits or live minnows. It is usually done on small waters with crappies on it. In here, you don’t need expensive equipment to gain success or even need a boat when doing it because it is just a matter of knowing how to hit, where and when to fish. It’s so simple as 1, 2, and 3.

Medium pace reeling usually strikes hungry crappie. But during summer you should try faster medium pace and a little larger baits. Because during these time of the year, there is a tendency of fishing for greater crappies or larger ones.

One thing also to consider in doing it is by the use of floats. In crappie fishing, you could effectively fish crappies by the help of a float where in it is much easy for crappies to see it because floats make the baits easy to lay just above the cover for a good crappie catch. It is also best suggested to make use of live minnows as baits for bank fishing. You have to hook from their lips and let it go steadily under a float when casting and also it is sometimes best done too by using jig heads with curly tail on it.

Some fishermen do tricks with crappies. They sometimes tend to let crappie run over with their baits either by putting the bait below them or by making it to move fast this technique is best done during spring, winter and fall.

It is better to fish shallow than too deep. So that’s why it is really effective to use floats here. This technique would definitely drive you home not empty handed.

How to Fish for Crappie Like a Boss

How to Fish for Crappie in the Summer

During summer it is better to fish on the deeper side of the waters. It is because crappies usually hide themselves from the heat of the sun. They always tend to stay on rocks, holes, submerged structures at the bottom of the waters and making it as their cover.

In here, deep fishing technique is done best. Crappies usually leave shallow places and migrate themselves on deeper side of the waters that makes dipping technique efficient.

It is also good to fish on covers such as rocky portion of the waters wherein they just stay there and wait for their prey to come during this time of the year.

Now, you can use up improvised man made embodied structures for crappie bottom fishing during summer in order for them to use it as their home for a greater and easy fishing. Here, you can actually save up time and effort to fish. Also, it is the best strategy to use in order to save up or lessen up the lost of hooks, baits and of fish too!

It is not all throughout summer that they just stay on the deeper side of the water. They sometimes go on shallows too! It is for them to feed themselves but they have this tendency to move in schools or in flock under covers. So better look for covers to be sure of getting one.

In summer fishing for crappies, it is best to use #6 hook and by the use of an artificial snare with attractive colors too in order to lure more crappies.

During summer fishing, even though crappies are easy to be found in deeper areas, they’re definitely hard to fish that some anglers are fascinated and challenge in some way. Sometimes they usually make man made a crib for a change so that they don’t tend to look further enough on waters.

You can still make use of simple traditional poles and minnows as baits for as long as you know that you’re in the right place to fish on every season. Just always remember that the harder the place to find and the more covered it is, the more chances of crappie to fish.

How to Fish Crappie in the Spring

Spring time is spawning time for crappies! It is best to consider it when fishing. At this time of the year, crappies tend to go on shallow parts of the water in order for them to spawn. They could possibly go as shallow as only as 1ft. away from the shore. So it makes it easy for you to fish. Crappies usually go on schools and also on schools of prey too! They are much furious to handle at this time because they usually tend to protect their spawn and their home.

Here, you must remember to be keen enough on what to use as baits. Try to see to it that you always make it to a point that it is at a proper depth, the nearer to crappies it is the better. It is because during summer they don’t have the time to chase over with your bait.

During this time, fishing for crappies is exciting, they tend to stack up. So if you hook into one on a specific area, better stay there for you to continually fish for another one.

As spring progress and temperature getting warm, crappies tend to move on to shallow areas of the water to feed most of the time, fishing becomes easier and not that of a challenge for anglers.

During late of the summer, crappies usually become more aggressive and become more attracted on moving jigs. At this time, you can lure them with moving jigs and baits.

Better pay attention too on water color. Crappies usually move up on shallow parts when waters are stained or not clear enough for them to hide. Not only that, it is also because scientifically, stained waters are much cooler than clear ones.

One crazy thing about crappies is that they have this paper-thin mouth that made them hard to fish sometimes, so better consider it much. Pay attention to hooks that you are using and of course the manner on how to reel. Make sure to do it carefully and with proper way but not with force. It is to avoid losing the hook away or to lost fish.

On crappie fishing here, crappies tend to go on schools with their same size. So if you have the chance to fish large crappie in a certain area, better stay there and fish for more because there is of great chances that you can catch more than you wish for. But on the other hand, if you certainly found a school of smaller crappies move on to other areas to fish because there is a great chance there of not finding a big bunch of crappies together with the smaller ones.

Pay attention to the pattern you are using or with your technique and also with baits you are using, you can’t actually fool them. Try something that can lure their hunger.

Sometimes you can discover one school of crappies but you wonder why they just ignore your bait? It is simply because it is not all the time that they are that hungry enough to feed so better change location too. It is still worthwhile to go on deeper areas of waters where they hide if you want to fish for bigger hungry crappies.

So guys, if you want to start crappie fishing now, always remember that the harder you fish, the more rewarding it become. Happy crappie fishing everyone!


One thought on “How to Fish for Crappie Like a Boss

  • May 21, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Wow! This article is a holy grail for info on catching crappies. Really got some great knowledge and pointers from your article.

    I hope I will finally be able to catch some crappies on my own using your article’s info in these summer holidays!

    Cheers 🙂


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