How do you guys like to Crappie fish

Discussion in 'Crappie Fishing' started by jason berry, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. jason berry

    jason berry New Member

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    I learned last fall that by fishing deep structure, big structure that I could pull crappie in for alot longer period of time then alot of other people that just waited for them to come shallow. I learned this the hard way by going out and fishin the trees stumps and varying my depth but would only catch around 5-10 crappie because they werent really in there and alot of other people werent doing well. Then I went out into the main lake and looked for large structure on the depth finder and started fishing that way with slip bobbers and minnows from 14-21 feet and started catching around 50-125 crappie but I was fishing hard. Very big difference so if your like me and dont really know that much about crappie fishin when I started fishing the deep structure it payed off and I didnt really have to move at all except for two different spots. I fished like this for about 7 weeks through the fall and it was about the same every trip.
     
  2. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    you been catching many crappie lately jason?
     

  3. corklabus

    corklabus New Member

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    I've just gotten into crappie fishing recently and have been reading everything I possibly can find about them.
    From what I understand, your new found method is perfect for colder water in spring, fall and even winter. I haven't been able to try it just yet, but I certainly intend to and I don't see any reason why it shouldn't work year round except maybe during full spawn.
     
  4. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    I started fishing for crappie during the winter 4 yrs. ago. Didn't know what I was missing. Usually catch my bigger ones then fishing deep. Follow them in on the structure clear up to spring on the structure. After the spawn follow them back out. Love the deep winter fishing.
     
  5. SHOWME

    SHOWME Well-Known Member

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    Did anyone know that crappie migrate up the creeks in the late fall, just in the middle of deer season? I didn't know until 3 yrs. ago, I'm telling you that the fishing is just as good or better than your best day fishing the spawn in the spring. It's the best fishing for crappie I've found and I fish over 120 times a year, not for crapppie all the time but it's quite the deal.
     
  6. msucatfish

    msucatfish New Member

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    I've always fished with a bobber and minnows, but alot of people around here do something called dipping, its just vertical jigging, with a really long ultralite pole and a jig and just bounce it up and down in and around structure, I'm going to try it just got me a 11' BnM pole and some jig heads
     
  7. ronlyn239

    ronlyn239 New Member

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    I love catching them with my 11' BnM pole, there is just something about lifting one out of cover into the boat, but I'll do whatever it takes to catch them, including minnows
     
  8. trnsmsn

    trnsmsn New Member

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    I'll agree 100% with ya on that statement. I do the same thing, the only difference is that I'll use "Sabiki" rigs to vertical jig 'em.
     
  9. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    I also use a bobber and minnow . I use a 12' rod with a little crappie reel . It a crappie set up but I forget the name of it . I never have much luck jigging for them .
     
  10. schoonie

    schoonie New Member

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    Gotta love that 11 footer. My favorite crappie pole.
     
  11. SHOWME

    SHOWME Well-Known Member

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    I catch my largest crappie in the very early spring by trolling crankbaits with my trolling motor going very slow along the creek channel, my crankbaits run about 12-14' and are shad baits.
    I turned loose a 17" fish that weighed 2#12oz the other day:eek:oooh: only reason was she was the only one I caught:smile2:
     
  12. DCcatfisher

    DCcatfisher New Member

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    Fishing structure in deeper water along the river with slipcorks and minnows. We use jigs on ocassion just to help pass the time when thing get slow but usually don't catch alot on them. I try to target rock piles because you don't get hung up as much. I also try to stay away from the lakes because of all the boat traffic and those pesky BASS FISHERMAN that think they own the whole lake. The river where we fish has alot of holes that go from 2ft to 15ft - 20ft+ real quick and they hold alot of crappie.
     
  13. bighoss

    bighoss New Member

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    green chartruse wiggle tail jig small head weighted cork about two feet between cork and jig and slow reel up in the coves around logs or stumps.I have never had to fish deep water for crappie.
     
  14. jason berry

    jason berry New Member

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    I just love bobber fishin for them goin to Patoka this weekend with a buddy. Heres some a pic of deep water crappie from Patoka. Not the biggest but still learning the water.
     

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  15. beespringer

    beespringer New Member

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    nice crappie Jason!
     
  16. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Nothing beats tying up to a stump,hooking a lively minnow on a 1/0 gold hook with a bit of weight and sending it to the bottom. Then crank up 1 turn every 5-10 minuets. This worked for my Grandparents and It still works great for me.:wink:
     
  17. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    Never really got into Crappie fishing until lately! A good freind on mine has a couple of really nice ponds, that holds nice size Crappie! Sometimes we'll get into some 15 to 17" size slabs. Really good for around here. I believe with proper management these ponds could support a state record!!

    I'm a firm believe in the minnow with a slip bobber rig. This catches more crappie than any other technique I've used. Beetle Spins and Roadrunners in 1/8 oz. size does great too. My freind uses spinnerbaits for his Bass and will frequently land a lunker Crappie too!
     
  18. Mi11er

    Mi11er New Member

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    I love crappie, My favorite way is trolling roadrunners and other rigs like that. Just a minnow, bobber, and a beer is pretty good too.:wink:
     
  19. smokey

    smokey New Member

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    Iam a bobber and minnow kind of guy.or just a minnow on a gold hook.
    smokey
     
  20. buddyodie

    buddyodie New Member

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    Just maribou jigs, Yellow,white or black, somtimes tipped with a minnow. After the spawn I like sassy shad.