My favorite time of year as the ice starts to melt my mind turns; well my mind is always on fishing, but Crappie start to dance in my head. Just short of getting out and catching some Blue Gill just to get some tight lines. Crappie have to one of my favorite fish to pursue right after the ice melts. Crappies are always a great fight on light tackle, and are mighty tasty lined up beside some roasted potatoes! Let us take a look a couple tactics that should help you put some crappie on the end of your line.
It is important to know that in early spring the Crappie will still be out in the deeper water. They will start to move up into the shallower water as the weather warms up to spawn. When the weather is warm for a few days, and then a cold front comes through it can run them back out to the deeper water after they start to move in. Just keep this in mind when you are out chasing the paper mouths!
One of my favorite ways to fish for Crappie is really simple. I like to use a bobber with jig head, and twister tail under it. This set up allows me to work the bait all around brush piles, and stumps. You can slowly work the bait back to yourself with a light popping action that will usually get them to bite. This method has proven to be very successful for me after they move up into the shallower water to spawn, as demonstrated in the video below!
When the Crappie are out in the deeper water I still like to use a jig head such as a Road Runner, with a twister tail, or more common for me now is Crappie Dancer bait from Full Boat Baits. I remove the bobber when they are in the deeper water and replace it with a split shot about six inches up from bait. I like to let my bait fall all the way to bottom of the lake then slowly bounce it across the bottom. The earlier it is in the season the lighter the bite seems to be just remember not to set the hook to hard or you will rip the bait right out of the Crappie’s mouth!
There are many, many different ways to fish for crappie these are just a couple of the methods that work for me, and are the most productive for me. Many people like to use minnows when Crappie fishing set up under a bobber. I choose not to use minnows solely on my own personal preference. Now get out there and get some tight lines, and let see some pictures over at Whatever Bites Fishing Club!