5 Tips for selecting the right crappie guides

Finding the right crappie guide is vital to the experience you will have. There are some that are very professional, fun, and they can take you to the ideal locations. Others unfortunately have old equipment and they aren’t very good at communicating. They don’t really know much about this type of fishing, but they do have a boat and they know people will want to hire someone to take them crappie fishing.

Before you go out there to connect with such a guide, you need to have answers. If you live close to the place where you will be fishing, it is worth it to take some time to go down there and meet the guides and check out their vessels. Most of the time though that won’t be possible and so you will have to rely on the internet and other information.
Cost is a big factor when it comes to your guide. You may feel that you don’t have enough money for such an adventure. However, many of the guides are very affordable. If you schedule during the off season and during the middle of the week you will get better prices. They usually book up during the busier season and during the weekends.

You can also cut costs by cutting out some of the amenities offered. For example, by bringing your own food instead of having someone on board that makes it you will save quite a bit of money. Make a list of what essential things you do want the crappie fishing guide to be able to offer you.

The size of the vessel is certainly something you need to check into. How many people will be on that boat with you? Don’t assume it will only be your party because that isn’t always the case. If you want it to be that way, make sure it is what the charter company has in mind too. They may have room for 10 people and they plan to make sure their vessel is full every time.

This means if you only have 5 people in your group that they may book another group of 5 along with you. Some people don’t seem to care at all about that but others do. The last thing you want is people you don’t know ruining your crappie fishing trip right!

What do you need to bring along with you? Some of the fishing guides will offer you every thing you could possibly need. If you are traveling, you don’t want to have to bring along all of your own fishing gear. They should have up to date items that you can use for an ultimate fishing experience. Ask about what those items are and how they are cared for. You never want to arrive and find out that they aren’t in good shape.

Safety should always be on your mind when you are fishing. Find out what types of measures are in place should there be any types of problems. What is the policy for returning to shore should there be a storm warning? Find out how many life jackets and life boats are offered just in case you need to use them.

Always find out what the price is going to be and when you pay for it. Some charters require you to pay for the cost up front and there is absolutely no refund offered. Others allow you to make a deposit in an effort to secure your reservation. However, you will need to pay the balance when you arrive or in the days prior to your arrival.

Always check online to see what other people think of any particular charter too. Their own experience can help you to get connected to the right individual. It can also help you to avoid a problem with someone that simply doesn’t seem to have all their ducks in a row when it comes to being an adequate crappie guide.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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