Crappie Fishing Tips

Crappie Fishing Tips You Can Use

The first of the crappie fishing tips presented here is simply, if you haven't tried it before by all means do so. It's a great sport, one that is fun for youngsters and grownups alike. There is enough challenge in catching crappies to satisfy most sportsmen, with few of the frustrations one can encounter when going after larger or trophy fish.

You won't find crappies in every lake and stream but you'll probably find some in most lakes and streams. Once you know where to go to catch them you can use almost any pole you might have, or buy a cheap one. Crappies are not large fish and you definably don't need a salt-water reel with a 40-pound test line. You don't need fancy lures either, just small ones, or natural bait.

Any problems you may run into catching crappies isn't that they are rare or particularly elusive. Crappies, members of the sunfish family, are usually quite abundant if they are present at all in a given pond or stream, which brings us to the second of our crappie fishing tips - know the waters.

Water Quality And Temperature - You have to know the waters, particularly water temperature to find where crappies are hanging out, unless they are just beneath the surface looking up at you, which can sometimes be the case. Like other fish, crappies have a preference for clear water, water that is of the right temperature, and water that contains sufficient oxygen. This means, depending on the season, the weather, and the time of day, the water level in which the fish are to be found is a variable. During the summer or during very bright sunny days, these fish are apt to be found in deeper water during the day while feeding closer to the surface in the morning and late evening hours. It may take a bit of experiment or trolling with several poles - called “spider fishing”, where lures or baits are simultaneously being presented at several different depths to locate where the fish are.

The Crappie Is A Nomad - Crappies tend to move about in schools, which is good since if you find a school of them, catching one isn't going to cause the others to immediately flee, so if you catch one you'll likely catch several. The bad news is, once you've located a "hot spot" it may no longer be so a day later or even a few hours later. While the fish may tend to congregate in a particular place, then also tend to be a bit nomadic in nature, and in a lake may venture to totally different regions in the lake from one day to the next. The third tip? Fish over a wide area, and you're more apt to happen upon some fish.

Thermoclines - Hot weather? That brings us to a fourth of our crappie fishing tips. We know that in hot weather fish tend to go deeper, so we fish deeper. If it's really hot, we fish even deeper, and catch nothing. Often, if one goes deep enough, especially during the hot summer months, the deepest water in a lake is low on oxygen and the fish can't survive in such water, so they seek a level of water richer in oxygen. This level, actually a layer between warm water and cold water, is called a thermocline. For this phenomenon to take place, a lake has to be somewhat over 20' deep. If the lake is much deeper, fishing at a level between 20' and 25' often can pay dividends. If the water does have sufficient oxygen however, crappies can often be located near the bottom, often not more than a foot or so from the bottom.

There's much more to know of course, but by and large crappie fishing isn't all that complicated, as long as you know a little about where in the water they're most apt to be found.