HOW TO CATCH SUMMERTIME CRAPPIE
Take a moment to think back to those cool days a few months ago when all you had to do is find a brush pile or bed and you were having Crappie for dinner. I mean every cove or flat you trolled had lunker Crappie bunched up for the takin. I must admit guys and gals, I had so much fun, there were times I wanted to sleep in my truck at the boat launch to get a head start for the next morning. The only problem was, my wife wasn’t having that. The spawning was so great that even the most inexperienced Crappie fishermen were filling their ice chest. Until suddenly one day it all stopped. Most of my buddies retired their jig poles and light tackle until next year and focused their energy on Bass. But not me, I’m a Crappie Hunter and for me it was time to up my game and get smarter and tactical and find those slabs that are suspended off of those deep drop offs.
- GOOD SONAR (FISH FINDER)
- PLUG KNOCKER
- 8 to10 lbs. ABRASION RESISTANT LINE
When the lake is between 70 to 75 degrees, I start by trolling small crank baits 15 to 20 feet deep in areas near the previous spawning zones. The fish will no longer be tight to the bottom of the lake, but suspended on deep drop-offs. Start by using your sonar to locate the drop-offs and troll your crank baits no faster than 2 mph sweeping the whole area at different angles until you find where the fish are located.
If you are an inexperienced Crappie fisherman, remember Crappie have very soft tissue around their mouth, therefore no need for aggressive hook sets. The strike will usually set the hook, so your aggression will only cause you to miss a fish that you had to persuade to bite in the first place. I recommend a slow steady reel in when you have a fish on, with just enough pressure to maintain the hook set.
As the summer days grow even hotter, and your Lake reaches 80 to 85 degrees, Crappie will migrate to even deeper depts. Never forget, PRESENTATION IS KEY TO SUCESS! At this temperature focus on trees, stumps,and brush piles in 25 to 35 feet of water. A slow bait drop and retrieve is best. I usually use bright color jigs or live bait in deep water. I repeat this process over and over in a channel at different angles with assorted color baits to figure out what they are feeding on and cover lots of water.
Summertime Crappie will test your patience. The bite is very slow and the fish are scattered so its very time consuming. But a true Crappie Hunter is up for the task. Troll with your sonar until you locate a school and apply this slow presentation technique. Crappie in deep water usually suspend one on top of another, in a tower like formation. Therefore let your bait drop slow and deep, even up to 40 feet if possible. always stay committed to your plan and presentation technique. If your lure is ignored by one finicky Crappie, The next one on the way up may be a little more hungrier and Strike.
Always watch your local weather forecast and plan for the day ahead. If possible, stay away from live bait in extremely hot conditions. They tend to keel over and die before they are useful. Try these techniques for a successful day of Summer Crappie Fishing. And Again, Peaceful Fishing
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