Learn how to catch Crappies with this book full of secrets! Click Here!
Panfishing tips - Crappie fishing
Crappies are one of the best tasting fish I have ever eaten, I like them better then trout. The meat is pure white and is firm and full of good mellow flavour. Crappies are a panfish, similar to bluegill and sunfish. When I was a young man, a lot of local fishermen called crappie, ' calico bass '. Luckily for us fishermen they are considered a panfish and are not restricted in most areas, like other bass are when it comes to fishing laws. Here in Pennsylvania we are allowed to catch 50 crappies a day with no size limitations.
Crappies are ' little hellions ', they are full of energy and despite their small size they can make a normal fishing rodbend to the breaking point and cause a reels drag to become active, the energy and taste are two reasons why crappies are such a great fish to catch.
Crappies come in two types or varieties, there are black crappies and white crappies. Crappies live throughout the U.S in many ponds, lakes and streams, I guess if other panfish or even bass can thrive in the water, then crappie can also. Crappie look similar in size and shape to other panfish, except they are a lot more silver colored, with black spots, and they have upturned noses. They are actually a very nice looking fish, and the silver or shiny color shimmers in the sunlight.
Crappies can be caught year around. In the spring and fall months they move near the shore areas, and in the summer they move out in more deeper and cooler water. They are probably the most active in the early spring months when they move towards the shores to spawn, they become very aggressive and tend to bite and attack anything that is cast or moves near them or the nest, making it pretty easy to get a stringer full of crappies in a short time in the spring season. The nests look like hollowed out depressions or dishes in the mud or gravel on the bottoms of the ponds and lakes. If you walk slowly around the edges of the water, you can see these nests and often see the crappie in and near them. Once you spot one of the nests, casting your bait near it will usually produce a quick strike.
In the summer or warmer months, they often hang around stumps, trees, and other debris areas and underwater structures for shading and protection. Casting near these areas in the summer and warmer months will often be very productive for catching a mess of crappie. In the fall time of the year, they move towards the shores and become more aggressive again in their feeding and biting. This aggressive feeding and biting continues throughout the cold winter months, which makes crappie a great fish to catch while ice fishing in the winter.
The best time to catch crappies is during the daylight hours, with early morning after sunrise and in the late afternoon towards early evening hours being the best times. Crappies love minnows with a passion, and when it comes to live baits there is no better choice than a small minnow. If you don't have or cannot get live minnows, then use jigs or any such lure that looks as realistic as possible to a live minnow. But when you use an artificial minnow make sure you keep the lure pretty active, so it simulates a live minnow as much as possible, if the fake minnow just sits still, crappie have been known to look and then just pass by, they seem to prefer live minnows and bait instead of dead ones. Crappies have a abnormally soft mouth, so be aware that if you jerk your rod too hard, to set the hook, you can rip it right out of the crappies mouth, resulting in losing the fish.
There is Computer Software that is made for crappie fishing as well as catching any type of fish. After keeping a few past records of fishing trips, this software will help you to easily calculate what days will be a great fishing day ! The software is called: ' Fishing Buddy '.
Bluegill fisherman tend to be very set in there ways when it comes to having a blast catching these fish. One of the biggest problems is covering water where bigger bluegills are living. Most big gills sit right off a shallow flat, and this area could be way outside of your casting range if you stick with a bait and bobber. Have you ever caught a bluegill on a minnow or a small bass lure and thought, wow that is strange, and then continued to fish for bluegill with your worm instead of exploring using smaller lures for the bigger bluegills?
How about trying some of those bigger baits on bluegills instead of going back to the worms, grubs, and maggots. One of the most effective lures ever for huge bluegill is small spoons of about 1/8oz. These spoons can be fished by themselves and they can be used in a deadly spoon/plastic grub combination. Bluegill are always fascinated by flashing lures and they will follow them in a deep trance all the way to the shore. But if the lure is small enough, they will attack like a piranha. And the weight of a spoon allows you to get out way past any point you can cast live bait.
One of the most deadly methods ever for bluegill is using a small spoon and a trailing a plastic grub off the back of one of the bends in the treble hook. This set up allows you to cast out far and bring fish into the bait with flash and vibration. The bluegill will see the spoon and then quickly notice the grub and attack like a shark. As an interesting alternative to a plastic grub you could use a fly fishing nymph or dry fly that will get dragged below the surface and look like a real insect
This technique will have other fisherman's jaws hit the floor when they see you bring in fish after fish. You may not want to let them see you doing this in the first place. The bluegill spoon [http://www.squidoo.com/sunfishfishing] technique might really devastate the bluegill population if you do. Bluegill just can not stay away from this technique, and you can easily catch 50 or more fish if you stay out all day.
Next time you hit the water try the bluegill spoon technique, it will put all other bluegill fishing [http://www.squidoo.com/sunfishfishing] methods to shame. Rip some lip.
External RSSPinnacle Deadbolt Limited DGX 25 Freshwater Spinning Reel Very Good Condition
1 BB Black Copper 5.2:1 Gear Ratio High Speed Metal Bait Fishing Spinning Reels
2 PACK MITCHELL 310 ULTRA LIGHT SPINNING REEL 8 BEARING 5.2.1 GEAR RATIO
2PK TICA CETUS GV500 ULTRALITE PANFISH TROUT ICE FISHING SPINNING REEL
2PK TICA CETUS SE500 ULTRALITE PANFISH TROUT ICE FISHING REEL FREE 2ND SPOOL
3 BB Ball Bearing Fishing Spinning Reels Gear Spool Fish Reel High Speed 5.1:1
3 NEW HT LAZER BLUE SERIES FISHING SPINNING REELS W 6 POUND LINE
3 New Mitchell Advanta Spinning Reels 3BB 5.1:1 Ratio 6-12 Lb Line 8/130
5.2:1 High Speed Yoshikawa Spinning Reel WORKHOUSE 11BB Stainless Ball Bearings
5001594 Okuma Inspira Spinning Reel Size 20 - Blue
Abu Garcia Abumatic 276i Spincast Reel- Trout, Bass, Crappie, Panfish, Walleye
Abu Garcia Cardinal 104 Spinning Reel Sliver & Gold
4PK DAIWA LAGUNA 2000 SPINNING REEL 5 BALL BEARING
Hightower's Ultra light Spinning Reel Fresh Water- Trout, Bass, and Panfish
Accucast ARC-102SS Spinning Reel- Walleye-Panfish NEW
Black 9+1 BB Ball Bearing Alumium Spool Ultra Long Casting Fishing Spinning Reel
Cabela's WIND RIVER Fly Reel- 3/4 weight fly line- Trout, Panfish NEW IN BOX
Celius Blizzard 27" ML 4 bb Ice Fishing Reel Combo
Corrosion Resistant Spinning Reel for Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing 2000
Creme Lures 4PAN-BK 43-Piece Panfish Jig Book Kit
Daiwa Exceler HA Series 1500HA
Church Tackle Stern Planers for Trolling TX-005 or TX-007 Choose Your Model!1
Daiwa Exceler HA Series 3500HA
Early Zebco "Spin de luxe 830" Open Face Spinning Fishing Reel - Made in U.S.A.
Fish Creek Brightwater Fly Fishing Reel, Mod 3/4 - Trout, Panfish, Bass, Crappie
Fish Creek Brightwater Fly Fishing Reel, Mod 5/6 - Trout, Panfish, Bass, Crappie
Fishing Reels Saltwater Spinning Reel for Bay Inshore Beach Surf Long...
Fishing Reels Saltwater Spinning Reel for Inshore Beach Surf Long Casting...
Frabill 701199 Panfish/Crappie Spinning Reel Ice Fish Combo w/Case
G. Loomis Trout/Panfish Spinning Fishing Rod TSR801-2
Gander Mountain Reel Tree Xtra Spinning Reel...New off Combo
HT Denali Ultra Lite Spinning Reel - 6/60
HT PANFISH SPECIAL 8 foot two piece fishing pole with reel seat
HT PANFISH SPECIAL CRAPPIE FISHING POLE COMBO 8' W/ WR-20 REEL SET OF 3 PS-802
Ice Fishing Spinning Reel 11BB Light Tackle Action Freshwater Shore 1000 RSJD1
LINEDANCER - Make Your Fishing Lures Come Alive! 3 Sizes in 1 package *Save $*
Light Action Daiwa Crossfire Spinning Reel CF1000-3BI Panfish Gar ice fishing
MATZUO MZ-230 SPINNING REEL 2 BB
MITCHELL 310 PRO ULTRA LIGHT SPINNING REEL 10 BEARING 5.2.1 GEAR RATIO
MUMUJIURI A1-MGF10 High Quality 10BB Spinning Fishing Reel LC6LBS/120YDS (USA)
Mitchell AVSIV-500UL Fishing Reel- Panfish, Trout, Crappie, Bass, Walleye, Perch
KastKing Sharky II Waterproof Spinning Reel - Up To 41.5LBs Revolutionary Dra...
Mr. Crappie Slab Shaker Spincast Reel- MSC1- Crappie, Panfish, Perch, Trout
NEW TROUT MAGNET -372 PC BOAT BOX
NEW PANFISH MAGNET 85PC KIT
New Abu Garcia Abumatic 276i Spincast Reel USA DAV SELLER
New Mitchell Advanta Spinning Reels 3BB 5.1:1 Ratio 6-12 Lb Line 8/130
New Pflueger President Spinning Reel 6930
New Pflueger President Spinning Reel 6935.
New Pflueger President Spinning Reel 6940
New Shimano Light Action Spinning Reel Sienna 1000 FB SSN1000FDC Bass Fishing
Nice Shakespeare Amphibian AMPH30-0 Spinning Reel-LR
Nice Shakespeare Amphibian AMPH30A-0 Spinning Reel-LR
OKUMA AVENGER 10B LADIES PINK SPINNING REEL AV-10B-LE 7 BEARINGS PANFISH BASS
Okuma ABF40b Avenger ABF "B" Series Baitfeeder Reels
Okuma Avenger B Spinning Reels - AV-35b
Okuma Avenger B Spinning Reels - AV-40b
Okuma ROX-30 Spinning Reel 5.1:1 Gear Ratio Rox30 brem crappie light pan fish
Okuma V System Spinning Reel - V-55a
Pflueger Monarch Fly Fishing Reel, Model 3/4 - Trout, Panfish, Bass, Crappie
Pflueger Monarch Fly Fishing Reel, Model 5/6 - Trout, Panfish, Bass, Crappie
Quantum snapshot spinning reel, with trigger, new, free shipping
RYOBI FINTEK FLASH CAST FC1 GRAPHITE SPINNING REEL Fishing Fish Walleye
SOUTH BEND N-GAGE R2F-SPINNING REEL burnt orange 1 BB 5.5:1 ratio Neutron series
Shimano FX 1000F Spinning Spin Fishing Reel Bass Trout Panfish FX1000F
Shimano Stradic 1000HG 6.0:1 Right/Left Hand Spinning Fishing Reel - ST-1000HGFK
Shimano Symetre FL Medium Light Spinning Reel, 2500 Clam Packaging SY2500FLC
Shimano Symetre Front Drag Spinning Reel SY-1000FL
Shimano Symetre Front Drag Spinning Reel SY-4000FL
Spinning Fishing Reels for Inshore Beach Surf Casting Big Offshore Salmon...
TICA CETUS GV500 ULTRALITE PANFISH TROUT ICE FISHING SPINNING REEL
TICA CETUS LF500 ULTRALIGHT TROUT PANFISH AND ICE FISHING SPINNING REEL
TICA CETUS SB500 ULTRALITE PANFISH TROUT ICE FISHING SPINNINGREEL FREE 2ND SPOOL
Tica GAA Spinning Reel 7RRB+1RB ~ Gold/Silver GAA2500 ~ New ~ Free Shipping
USED Shimano Sustain 1000FG With Box
Vintage Shakespeare Combo 300 Spinning Fishing Reel
Vintage Shimano MLX 200 fast cast spinning reel, with box and manuel. Nice!
YOSHIKAWA Ice Fishing Spinning Reel Bass Panfish Perch Small Size 500 10BB
YOSHIKAWA WORKHORSE Ultralight Spinning Reel Ice Fishing 11BB 1000 Strong White
Zebco 202KBK10CP3 202 Series Fishing Reel Spincast Clam Pack Gear Ratio: 2.8: 1
Zebco 33 Spincast 5'6" Rod and Reel Combo With Tackle 3490K
Zebco Authentic 33 Spin Casting Reel- NEW-Panfish, Walleye
Zebco Crappie Fighter Spin Combo 10' 3pc
Zebco Crappie Fighter Spin Combo 12' 2pc
Zebco Crappie Fighter Spinning Combo 6' 2pc
Zebco Model 68 Open Face Spinning Fishing Reel - Line Cap 180yd-8 to 125-12lb
Note: All prices in US Dollars