Crappie fishing is truly an all-American summer afternoon activity. Many anglers enjoy crappie fishing because it is a great way to spend a summer afternoon with friends and family. You can relax on a boat out on the lake reeling in crappie after crappie to fill up your live well with. Crappie can grow in excess of 1 pound, making them ideal candidates for a summer afternoon fish fry. Let’s look at some tips and techniques to help you fill your live well with crappie on your next summer afternoon fishing trip.
First of all, you’ll want to choose the right lures and jigs to attract crappie. Crappie grow to such large sizes because they are a predatory fish. And by predatory fish, I mean a carnivore. Crappie eat other fish, often eating the young of their predators, such as largemouth bass. This carnivorous appetite allows them to grow to much larger sizes than their cousins the bluegill and perch. Because they are predators, you’ll want to utilize lures and jigs that mimic small minnows and other small aquatic lifeforms. Fish these jigs like they are wounded for the best success.
Once you know the right lures and jigs use, you’ll need to know where to cast them. Crappie tend to aggregate around submerged logs, submerged boulders, and other forms of cover. Search for these submerged icons on your fishfinder or with the naked eye. The depth that you cast and jig your lures is also important. Start closer to the surface and work your way to the bottom until you have success. Once you’ve caught one crappie, be sure to continue fishing in the same location at the same depth. You’re bound to catch many more from the same honey hole.
If you are new to crappie fishing, one of the best resources for learning the right crappie fishing techniques is the Internet. Online video websites, such as YouTube, allow you to watch crappie fishing videos for free. These videos will help you to learn the proper techniques to fill your live well with plenty of slabs for an afternoon fish fry. Good luck.