Trolling for white gold

How do you troll for crappie?

Many people, me included, will just drop a jig about 15 to 20 feet behind the boat that rides just a foot or two below the surface. This works great because the fish are learning that the propeller of the boat stir up the bait fish that are at the surface. I practice this when I%u2019m tooling from one fishing hole to the next on my favorite lake and it pays off 90 percent of the time. The trick to this is not stealth but keep the speed slow enough that the crappie will chase and keep one hand on your rod and the other on the throttle and the other on the net. Yes there are three hands, when you get your first bite this way you will understand%u2026 When not noisily boating around a common practice is to drop a jig down to a depth of about 10 to 15 feet and slowly cruise the ledges of the lake preferably ones that have brush along them. Look where the wind blows most of the time and fish that shore. If you are quiet enough try shallower depths but remember that the crappie really do like colder waters, in fact the warmest water they like is in the mid sixties (Fahrenheit) for spawning and after that they return to the deep waters to emerge for the occasional hunting trip. Hint: they like to hunt around dawn and dusk, usually 2 hours each side of the event. One more trick is spider boating. This is dropping as many jigs over the side of the boat that is legal and evenly spread them out creating something that if you looked at it from above would look like a spider. Troll slowly and I%u2019ve even seen people rock the boat to create up and down movement in the jigs to create a school movement.


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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