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Best Crappie Fishing Tips Here you will f ind the best crappie f ishing tips that will help you catch more crappie. Catching crappie isn’t always the easiest thing to do. When you are actively trying to catch crappie, they seem to have a knack f or not being where you want them to be. In this post you’ll get some crappie f ishing tips to help you make the most of your f ishing time. Let’s dive into it.

Crappie f ishing tips Let’s start with exactly what you want. Crappie fishing tips Crappie are most active in the morning and evening, but you can catch them all day with some success. Crappie have sharp eyesight so use bright colours when applicable. Crappie spawn in the spring and it’s the best time of year to catch them. Fall is also a great time to catch crappie. Crappie ice f ishing is ef f ective when you position yourself correctly. Crappie respond the best to live bait, specif ically, minnows. Crappie can be caught with size 6 hooks. Other sizes are possible. Crappie hang around in the shallows so look there f irst when f ishing f or small crappie. Crappie pref er clear water, but can be f ound in any type of water. Crappie hang around drop of f during spawing season. You should catch some bigger crappie there. Crappie start f eeding more when the water temperatures begins to drop just bef ore f all. Crappie love underwater structures. Fish around stumps, f allen trees, and bridges f or great crappie f ishing. Crappie have a thin mouth membrane so you need to be caref ul when you set the hook.

How to catch crappie Crappie are almost everywhere in North America, so trying to f ind them isn’t that hard. Catching them is a completely dif f erent thing altogether.

Catching them is a completely dif f erent thing altogether. Crappie move in schools, so if you f ind one, you can f ind them all. T he best way to catch crappie is using live bait, they respond best to it. T he simplest method is to use a bobber and a minnow. Using this method, you may not catch only crappie you may catch other panf ish as well, so it will keep it interesting.

Types of crappie

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T here are two primary types of crappie: White crappie and black crappie. Black crappie are deep bodied f ish. T hey have silver with blue or green iridescence or irregular mosaic of distinct black notches. T hey have a largemouth that extends below the eye. White crappie are silver in color with f aint black bars.

How big can crappie get? White crappie get to a length of 20 to 30 cm(8-12 inches). Black crappie typically are 18 to 25 cm(7-10 inches). Black crappie can weigh anywhere f rom half a pound to a pound. White crappie rarely exceed more than 2 pounds. T he maximum published weight of a black crappie is just under 6 pounds.(source)

What do crappie eat? Crappy can f eed on small f ishes like minnows. White crappy tend to eat more a minnows than black crappie. Crappy tend to change their diet based on their habitat, so if there are more minnows in their area, they’ll eat more minnows.

Habitat in water Crappie pref er Lakes reservoirs and large navigation pools in large rivers. T hey pref er water with no current. T hey pref er Clearwater that has a lot of cover f or them. You can f ind black crappie in deeper water than white crappie. When looking f or crappie look in the shallow parts of the lake. Typically, you’ll f ind them around sand or mud bottom. Crappie pref er heavy cover such as submerged tree stumps, weeds, reeds, and submerged objects. If you’re looking f or crappie, you’re bound to f ind them and that those locations. Look f or crappie around underwater structures. You’ll f ind them around things like bridges and docks.

Best places to catch crappie Shaded areas. Close to deeper water. Close to underwater cover.

Best crappie f ishing lures and baits Live bait T he best crappie f ishing bait is live bait. Crappy love minnows worms and insects. If you’re just starting out, you’ll increase the likelihood of catching crappie using live bait. Crappy are attracted to the movement of live bait, so make sure you move your bait to catch crappie. Minnows tend to attract larger adult crappie better than smaller ones although it is still possible to catch smaller crappie with minnows. Lures One of the advantages of not using live bait when f ishing f or crappie, is that they eat a variety of things. T hat makes choosing a lure that much easier. Start of f with a simple lure. If the crappie aren’t biting your lure, try changing it completely to a dif f erent style. Crappie lure choices: jigs, spinner baits, f loating baits or grubs. Once you f ind a lure that’s getting bites, you can change the presentation of the lure to get the strongest strikes. You can change your presentation of your lure by speeding up, slowing down, jigging your lure or increase the retrieval pace. Here is some more inf ormation on crappie baits. Lure colour Best lure colour f or crappie chart. Show entries Search: Type of water

Colour of lure

Clear Water

silver, smoke, gray and other natural colors

Dark/ Stained

chartreusse, hot pink, white, yellow, hot green,

Cloudy Days:

combination of light and dark colour

Bright Sunlight:

Chartreusse, white, yellow, hot pinks and greens

Night Fishing

combination of blacks and other colours

Showing 1 to 5 of 5 entries PreviousNext Crappie have sharp eyesight so use dif f erent colours to your advantage. Sometimes crappie will strike one colour but not the other, so try dif f erent colours to see what works. Try drastically changing the colour until you f ind a colour that they’re biting. T hen you can try subtle changes in the colour to see what will give you the best outcome.

Hooks f or crappie T he best hooks f or crappie are size 6 hooks. People of ten have success with other sizes as well. Using a size 6 hook will make sure the best possible chance of catching a crappie. If you’re using a lure, be sure to choose an appropriately sized one. Obviously a muskie hook probably won’t hook a crappie, but we’ve all heard stranger stories.

Best time to catch crappie T he best time to catch crappie is in the spring when they move to the shallows to spawn. T his is when you f ind crappie to be the most aggressive toward baits and lures. In terms of times, crappie are most active in the morning and late in the evenings. However, it’s possible to catch crappie all day long.

When are crappie most active T he best temperatures to catch crappie coincides with then they are most active. Show entries Search: Water depth

Water temperature(f)



Creek channels


Shallow (spawning )




Creeks and bays


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Final thoughts You now have some great crappie f ishing tips. It’s time to get out there and start catching those crappie.

Best crappie fishing tips  

This publication will give you the tips you need to catch more slabs and enjoy fishing.

Best crappie fishing tips  

This publication will give you the tips you need to catch more slabs and enjoy fishing.