10 Tips For Fall Crappie

  • Crappie Crazy
  • November 1, 2017 3:14 pm
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Fall can be the Bonanza of fishing for the Crappie Angler. Crappie can be found schooling together in open water, docks, deep brush and deep stump fields, making them easier to target and catch. Here are ten tips to help you catch more Fall Crappie.

1. Turn off the outboard motor and use your trolling motor when searching for schools of fish. Large schools of fish will swim off to the sides of boats as they approach overhead. When they do this, you will not get an accurate view of the fish below you on your depth/fish finder.

2. Use heavier jigs to get your bait deeper faster. 1/8 oz. and 1/2 ounce jigheads will allow your bait to get to the 20+ depth range faster and eliminate the overhead water where fish are not. Shallower lakes a 1/16 or 1/8 ounce jighead can be used. Slow falling jigs will waste time when Crappie are in deep water or holding on bottom.

3. Use scents and attractants. Crappie can be finicky. Simple adding a shad, minnow or even garlic scent to your bait will often trigger Crappie to bite.

4. Move locations often. If your catching fish one minute and the next minute your not, move. Often, Anglers will stay to long in one area and the fish have already moved.

5. Don’t rule out shallow water. Fish can move shallow in low light conditions or warmer days.

6. Match the hatch. Crappie are feeding on 3″ shad on the lake your fishing… use 3 inch shad imitation baits.

“Use Super Glue to keep your bait or minnow from sliding down your hook.”

7. Use Super Glue to keep your bait or minnow from sliding down your hook. Simply apply a dab of Super Glue where the hook meets the lead on your jighead. Slide the plastic or minnow into place and count to 10. Your now ready to catch fish.

8. As the water cools, Crappie will hold tighter to structure.  Bump your baits against the structure to trigger them to bite.

9. Use different techniques. Cast and retrieve, jig, use a slip float. You can catch Crappie with different techniques but often one technique will “out fish” another technique, on any given day.

10.Dress warm and take extra clothes and rain gear. You can always take layers of clothing off if you become “hot”. But you can’t put extra layers of clothing on if you don’t have them in the boat. This will ultimately lead to you heading to the house sooner than later and with less Crappie in your livewell.

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