Ask any American fisherman about crappie fishing and watch his eyes light up and a smile cross his face. Crappie are found in nearly every state in the nation and can be caught in so many different ways. That’s what makes them such an exciting fish to fish for. The popularity is unbelievable.
The reason is crappie are such prolific little fish. They’re found in nearly any type of waterway you want to fish. From big rivers to smaller rivers, from creeks to reservoirs, large lakes even small watershed lakes. Crappie seem to do better in waters of a hundred acres or more.
It’s the type of fish that regardless of whether you’re age six or 86, there’s a technique, a method and a way to fish crappie. They’re a fish for all seasons and can be caught in summer, fall, winter, spring, hot water, cold water, muddy water, clear water, on live bait, or artificial bait.
The two predominant baits would be either minnows as a live bait or small 32nd, 16th and 8th oz. jigs. Crappie can be caught either vertical fishing, shallow or deep, by trolling, or by casting with light tackle. They are an extremely fun fish to catch and an extremely tasty fish.
Of the two different species the black crappie is a harder fighter and is more of a shallower, cover fish. The white crappie relates to cover but open and deeper waters as well.
If you want to learn how to fish crappie you must first establish the depth the fish are using and then fish accordingly. That’s crucial.
Color is a major factor in crappie fishing, especially with artificial baits. All colors are governed by sunlight. It governs the shape, size and the color of anything beneath the water’s surface. At times one color will be more visible than another. It can make a major difference in success or failure in crappie fishing. Fish are not color blind, they can distinguish shades, color and even shades of the same color.
Presentation is a very important part as well. Crappie prefer slower steady moving baits than bass which like it jumping and hopping.
Another major factor in crappie fishing is odor. Odor molecules emitted into the water often entice non-aggressive fish or non-active fish into an active mood. Shad extract that’s sprayed onto your bait increases your chances of catching fish you otherwise wouldn’t have caught. It creates a food thought. It’s like passing a fast food place and catching a whiff of the food cooking. It triggers your food thought process into hunger thoughts and you go back and get something to eat. By applying odor attractants to your lures you increase your odds of catching crappie.