Throughout North America, one of the most popular species of fish
that provide year-round opportunities for angles is crappie. Not only do they
taste great, but a large variety of lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and ponds are
home to these hard-fighting fish.
There are two types of crappie, both white and black crappie. Both
can often be found living in the same waters, and even swimming together. Both
varieties can also be caught using the same lures, bait, and techniques. While
both varieties are very similar, there are a few slight differences such as:
Silver/gold with black speckles all over have 7 or 8 spines down their dorsal fin.
Mostly silver with only slight vertical bar markings down the side, only have 6 spines down their dorsal fin.
Both varieties of crappie can grow up to 21 inches long and weigh
up to 5 pounds, but the average size is around 8 to 12 inches long and weigh
around half a pound. Crappie that are over 1 pound are often considered a
Baits and Lures
Crappie are hungry fish and feed on many different things where
they live. Mature crappie can often be found feeding on things like:
In addition to live bait, most crappie can also be easily caught
using artificial lures. The best lures and what you use will largely depend on
the time of year and the conditions, as well as personal preference for how you
like to fish.
Crappie anglers love using different lures and baits, and some of
the most popular include:
Jigs are by far the favorite among anglers, and they come in a
wide variety of colors, shapes, and styles. The best jig for you is the one in
which you develop the most confidence. Try several varieties, and most likely,
one will soon become your favorite.
Fishing Rods and Reels
The great thing about crappie fishing is that almost any rod and
reel combination will work well with these fish. When the fish are deep or in
dense cover, a lightweight spinning reel or spin-cast combo work well, while 4
to 10-pound line tends to be the overall favorite for crappie.
Last-Minute Tips to
Successfully Catch More Crappie
Crappie fishing can be a blast, but if the fish are not biting as
well as you had hoped, remember these last-minute tips to try and increase your
- Try different presentations and retrieval speeds.
- Cover plenty of ground to find the fish.
- Crappie are a schooling fish, where you catch one there are sure to be more.
No matter where you go, crappie fishing can be a remarkably fun
and enjoyable experience. They are hard fighting fish and are usually easily
caught. Not to mention the excellent table fare that you will have after a day
on the water, why wouldn’t you want to give crappie fishing a try this season?
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