What is a crappie derby?

A crappie derby can be a great deal of fun, and also a challenge. It can be something you do alone or a great family outing. Many of them have divisions for children as well as adults. It can be a time for bonding and for meeting new people. The best part is that they aren’t expensive and that means you can have some great outdoor fun without breaking your budget.
A crappie derby is a wonderful way for you to add something great to your fishing experiences. This type of event is usually well organized and the competition can help you to get more out of it. In many instances, the fishing for them is perfect during this time of year. In other locations, they can stock the water with more crappie to increase the chances of getting them caught.

You will find that this is a great opportunity as long as you are patient and you don’t get overwhelmed. You may find that you win a great prize too for the largest crappie, the smallest, the first one caught, and even the one that weighs the most. There are plenty of categories so that makes it very exciting.

There may be categories for professions too so you can fit into that role if the show fits. They may have some great equipment with them and even endorsements of various companies. Don’t be intimidated though if you are just the average fisherman as there is plenty of room for you to be part of it all as well.

The amount of learning you can gain from a crappie derby is well worth it as well. You may find out great tips about what equipment to use and the best bait. You may find out the techniques to use best from the shore as well as those to use from the boats. It all comes down to what the competition is about.

There are some very large crappie derbies held, but they aren’t open to just anyone. Instead, the winners of some of the smaller events win an entry into the larger events. This helps them to have some incentive to do their very best and to pursue the common goals offered at any crappie derby. There are from 30,000 to 50,000 of these derbies annually in the USA alone. They continue to grow in numbers too due the popularity of them. Many people simply can’t get enough of them once they have gone to a couple.

Many organizations also see the great opportunity to host a crappie derby. Many of them have to be registered so check out your state laws. These events can be held for fundraising and more. They can also be a great way to promote crappie clubs to get new members to join. You do have to make sure it is well organized and that you are in compliance with the local fish and game enforcement. You have a better chance with a catch and release offer to get permission.

At the end of the day though, it won’t matter if you are the winner or not. You will just be relishing in the great fun you had during that day. If you have children, this type of event can be something that brings their own passion for crappie fishing to life.

If you are interested in a crappie derby, go online and see what is available and where. That will help you to get your sign up done on time and to make sure you don’t book anything else on that day. Always take the time to review their website too so that you know what to expect. This will help you to determine if a particular crappie derby is worth you going to or not. They aren’t all the same so keep that in mind as you get out there and experience them.


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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