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Crappie Fishing Tips To Help You Catch The Limit

Updated on September 2, 2011

Crappie fishing techniques exploit knowledge of the natural activities of the several species of crappie to enhance the fisherman's experience. Crappie live in lakes of various sizes, and feed on everything from insects and crustaceans to smaller fish. While the fish can be taken with a variety of techniques, anglers can maximize their success with knowledge of a few crappie fishing tips.

Know the environment

* Learn what is under the water. During daylight hours crappie tend to hang out in schools near snags, brush piles, rocks and patches of grass. For some fishermen knowledge of a lake's underwater topography is a matter of experience. Others will need to study charts and use electronic aids.
* Use a thermometer. Crappie feeding is triggered by water temperatures of 50°-65°F. When the water warms, fish will move to shallower areas and show interest in bait. Smaller bodies of water warm up more quickly than large ones, so that fish will start biting earlier in the morning in a small pond than in a large reservoir where the water is still cool. Angler's thermometers can be had from fishing equipment suppliers, and they are a very wise investment for the crappie fisherman.
* Understand the impact of the weather.The behavior of these fish depends on temperature. For a few hours every morning, after the water has warmed enough, the fish will bite until the water gets too hot and they stop. In the evening the opposite happens. Crappie start striking when the water cools off enough, and they keep feeding until it gets too cold. The amount of sunshine helps determine the exact times of these periods. On cloudy days the warm periods will come later in the morning and earlier in the afternoon.

Use proper techniques

* Know your boat speed. When trolling, depth is controlled by the speed of the boat. A speed between 1/2 and 1-1/2 mph is usually about right.
* Know how the law restricts trolling. Some states limit you to five poles per boat with two rigs per pole, and the fines for violators are quite stiff.
* Start with a variety of rigs. Crappie are omnivorous, but on any given day they will respond best to some one bait. Minnows are often the bait of choice, and if they are artificial, chartreuse is a good color to start with. Vary the color depending on the water, using darker bait in darker water.
* Remember that crappie are schooling fish. When you catch one, you know there are more in the same spot. Repeating the same location, depth and speed of presentation with the same type of bait will often yield bite after bite.

An angler who goes after crappie and brings in the limit is probably paying attention to crappie fishing tips. These fish are not picky eaters, and a little work to find their favored habitat and offer them attractive bait will yield great results. A heavy catch depends on little other than proper crappie fishing techniques.


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