Four crappie fishing tips to be a better angler

There are two types of crappie fish, the white and the black crappie. Surprisingly, they’re not really named after their colors because they are similar with the black crappie only being a little darker in shade but instead they’re named for their markings.

A white crappie has seven to nine noticeably dark vertical lines running down the sides of its body and they have 6 dorsal fins. The black crappie has black, irregular spots on its sides and you’ll notice either 7 or 8 dorsal fins.
When fishing for crappie, you won’t need expensive equipment or special bait because they can be caught on even the most basic gear and they’ll strike at most anything. It’s an excellent species to seek out when you’re a beginner or when you’re trying out new techniques. This makes them a great species for all types of anglers to fish.

You can hone your skills while crappie fishing and this will help you when seeking out some of the more complicated fish species. However, just because crappie fishing may be easy in comparison to some of the other species out there, don’t let that fool you into thinking they’re a boring hunt because that is far from the truth.

Crappie fishing is popular all over the globe and this wonderful little species is quite addictive. Once you begin catching them, you won’t want to stop. They may not be very big but they fight hard for their size and this makes catching them a lot of fun.

Crappie Fishing Tips to Improve Your Skills

Becoming a better angler requires practice and involves some trial and error. Often you’ll need to practice a technique a few times before you learn how to use it successfully. It’s recommended that you learn several techniques so you can switch around in different situations for better results. Anglers have their own unique style of fishing but it’s still a good idea to take in all the advice and tips that you can find. Some of them can help you improve your skills.

Here are four crappie fishing tips that will help you to become a better angler:

1. When using live bait, try catching it from the same water where you plan to go crappie fishing. Crappies scare easily and they won’t strike at anything that looks unfamiliar. Therefore, this will give them something they’re used to and encourage more bites. As with all fish, anything natural to their habitat will gain the best results. Keep in mind that if the bait is too large the crappie will not take it.

2. Don’t cast your line into the middle of a school of crappie because this will scare them away and send them scattering in all directions. Instead, start fishing along the outer ring of the group and work your way inwards as you reel in fish after fish.

3. Since crappies are small fish, use an ultra-light rod and reel combined with a test line that is between 2 and 4 pounds for the best results. Use the smallest tackle possible that still gets results.

4. Use a fish finder to help you locate the schools of fish faster and this will give you more time for fishing and less time looking for them.

These tips can help to make you a better angler so you can catch more crappies each time you go fishing. Fishing is relaxing and a great way to spend your time but reeling in more crappies makes it very exciting.

Crappie Fishing Bait

Crappies respond well to live bait and some of their favorite foods include minnows, worms, insects and small crayfish. However, they will also respond well to artificial bait especially the bright, flashy ones. Crappies can see very well and that’s why bright lures seem to get their attention. Jigs are some of the best lures to use since they’re available in so many different colors and sizes but you can also use streamers, small poppers and spinnerbaits with excellent results.

When you find something that works, continue to use it but keep in mind that crappies, like all species, will go through a spell when they won’t strike at anything. During these times, you’ll need to switch things around and try other things to entice a strike. For this reason, you should always have a good selection of lures in your tackle box ranging in different sizes and colors.

Your presentation is very important when fishing for crappies. Presentation is the speed you use to reel in the line and how you move the bait around when fishing. Sometimes, you’ll need a slow retrieval. Other times, a fast retrieval will get more action. You may even need to move your line from side to side or up and down to get better results.

Practicing your presentation and trying different tactics will help you learn new ways to encourage strikes and thus, improve your skills as a crappie angler. Crappie fishing is fun, exciting and it can offer some lessons that are needed to become a better angler that can help you when seeking out more challenging species.


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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