Four fishing tips to catch a record crappie

Crappie, papermouth, croppie, slabs or white perch- it doesn’t matter what you call them, everyone enjoys catching them. In fact, many people decide that crappie are the fish they want to seek out every chance they get and through that decision comes those seeking help in catching a record crappie.

Before you head out to the lake you should learn everything you can about crappie fishing. After all, knowledge is power. One of the first things you should know about this species is that crappies are divided into 2 groups called the black and white crappies. Black crappies are darker in color and have dark irregular spots located on its body. The dark spots form 7 to 9 vertical stripes on the white crappie.

Crappies are small fish and therefore require very little equipment to catch. However, you’ll want to use a small hook and thin fishing line due to the fact that they have excellent vision and can often spot thick line. Anything that seems unnatural to them will not get a second look. Make sure that the hook is covered completely and that you present your bait in a natural way.

Crappies generally weigh about a pound but under the right conditions, they can weigh as much as 5 pounds. This may not sound big to a bass fishermen but it’s the size all crappiemasters’ are searching for so they can be the one to reel in the next record crappie.

If you’re interested in catching the next big one, here are four fishing tips to catch a record crappie:

1. Choose a Technique – Many techniques will work with this species but a few are more popular than others. Casting is an old favorite and it works great for getting the bait into a specific area. Jigging is also another technique that has been proven to get the crappie to strike. Some anglers swear by trolling because you’ll cover more water and increase your chances of a bite.

Drift fishing has also been shown to have good outcomes. Keep trying new techniques until you find a couple that work well for you. Keep in mind, the technique that worked Friday may not work on Saturday because things change quickly.

2. Decide Which Baits to Use – You can catch a crappie with either live bait or lures just as long as the bait seems natural to the environment. As with all fish species, when you want the very best results you should study the lake you’re fishing in and look for what the crappies feed on naturally. Some of the common live baits include worms, minnows, shad, small threadfin and insects. If live bait isn’t your style, then fill your tackle box with lures like small poppers, streamers, jigs and spinnerbaits in the colors that are natural to the environment where you’re fishing.

3. Choose the Best Time to Fish – You can catch crappies any time of the day or night but you’ll catch the bigger ones once the sun goes down or before it comes up. The night is when the bigger crappies are feeding the most aggressively. At night, use a waterproof light, such as a small lantern to shine light into the water. This light will attract the smaller baitfish and like the domino effect, the crappies will follow.

4. Know Where to Find Them – Look around docks, sunken trees or stumps, in areas with lots of grass or weeds and in brush piles when fishing for this species. This is where the crappies will be searching for food. You may also consider looking near drop offs and under rocks. When you do find them, remember to fish from the outside of the school to avoid scaring them off in different directions.

If you go fishing for crappie in a new area then you should engage in some “dock talk” with the locals to find out about the lake and where the most crappies should be located. You can sometimes get tips on which baits and techniques are working the best for the anglers you talk to. This will give you a great starting point.

Remember that crappie’s eyes are on the top of their head, not on the sides. Therefore, you’ll need to keep the bait about 1 to 2 inches above their heads so they can see it. This is why knowing their depth is so important. It’s hard to keep the bait in the right position if you don’t know exactly where they’re
located.

You can fish for crappies from a boat, the shoreline or from a dock or bridge. This is one of the reasons so many people love catching crappies in addition to the fact that they fry up to make a tasty main course for a delicious meal.

Remember to stay safe and practice, practice, practice until you catch that record crappie.


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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