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Tuesday, 17 September 2013 20:02

Getting Ready for Fall Crappie Fishing

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Okay so we have to admit that the Shotem part of the brain has been in high gear lately but we definitely need to pay close attention to the Caughtem part of the brain as cooler temperatures begin to roll our way.  One of our favorite fish to catch and fry up is the small but delightful Crappie.  And fall is a great time to get ready to change some tactics and catch some.

Fall crappie fishing techniques include a variety of things such as knowing what types of baits work the best. Everyone will agree that crappies are most attracted to minnows. In the fall when they are preparing for the long winter months ahead they will be searching for this food source. 

When using artificial lures it is suggested that you stay under three inches in length. In most areas a one or two inch artificial minnow would work the best. You can also catch crappie with worms and crayfish. If you do use live bait make sure you keep it in a cooler and try to keep them as lively as possible for the best results.

You can catch crappie anytime during the day or night but the most productive times are usually at night. This is because the fish feed more aggressively during the late evening to early morning hours. Using an artificial light to draw the crappie to your position is a great technique used for night fishing. The light attracts insects and bait fish that will in turn attract the crappie and draw them in your direction.

If you are fishing in an area where the visibility is low you can receive the best results with lures that make sound. These will cause vibrations in the water that will attract the crappie or you can use something with a strong odor. 

When fishing in clear water crappie plugs, small jigs, bladebaits and spoons work very well. As a general rule jigs and minnows are normally the best to use. Sometimes combining these two together will attract the crappie much faster than using them alone, especially in the fall.

Let us know your secrets in the comment section below and post your photos and tell us your story in the Caughtem Gallery. 

 

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