Patrick Ansley asked, updated on June 20th, 2022; Topic:
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#Crappie are generally very predictable and aggressive in October and November. Docks are a prime location for fall crappie, where they can be caught in the upper 10 feet of the water column. Cast into the back of a boat slip or along the edges, letting the jig sink for 2 or 3 seconds, and then retrieve slowly.
Not to mention, what is the best weather for crappie fishing?
The best water temperature for crappie fishing is between 68 °F to 72 °F when the crappie spawn and post-spawn feed period seems to be at its highest point.
Either, what is the best bait for crappie? Minnows, worms, insects—just about anything can catch a crappie's attention. You don't have to worry about the color of the bait, and you're only throwing them what they would be eating anyway. Minnows are hands-down the favorite used by most, and some even tip a jig with a live minnow for a double-whammy.
Well, how do you catch crappie in April?
The spring crappie spawning period offers the best opportunity to catch fish shallow, but fishing can be spotty at times. Casting jigs to the bank will catch fish when the weather is stable or before a storm. However you need to flip or dip a jig during a cold front that causes crappie to burrow into shallow cover.
When should I start crappie fishing?
Without a doubt, the best time of year to Crappie fish is during the spring spawning season. The weather is generally better for fishing, both male and female Crappie are moving into shallow spawning areas, and they are feeding and defending their eggs.
Crappie fishing can be good in the wind because wind will push bait and nutrients into bay bays where crappie become fairly predictable. Wind, however, complicates fishing for the angler and while crappie feeding can improve with wind, you will end up battling the elements to catch them.
Water temperatures around the upper-50°F to 60°F range begin to bring crappies shallow into spawning areas. Peak spawning activity generally occurs at water temps of 68°F to 72°F for both black and white crappies.
The best depth can change fast, from 4 feet to 6 feet, or from 8 to 10 feet. Feeding fish dictate the depth I need to present jigs-and-baits, and I find that trolling with the wind catches more fish than heading into the wind.”
In most cases, 1 inch long to 2 inch long minnows are best for crappie fishing. Therefore, hooks and sizes from #6 down to #2 work best. The float is then attached to the line 2 feet to 3 feet above the hook. If required, a tiny split shot can be added near the hook to keep the minnow down.
There is many reasons that crappie don't bite. Barometric pressure, muddy water, cold water when they just don't have to feed all day long. Fish in general just don't bite all the time, but there are ways to trigger strikes from these reluctant crappie.
From the surveys I've read, a fast growing fish will usually make it to 10" at 3 years old and 12" by age 5. Don't recall ever seeing any 16" fish removed and aged by IDNR, but I have seen several 15"-15.5" fish that aged between 8-10 years old.
Even after the barometric pressure drops to a low reading, some crappies still bite during the dormant period. Hill theorized that pressure changes affect adult crappie more than younger fish, so smaller crappie seem to bite better when the barometer has bottomed out.
"Most of our tagged fish moved deeper as the sun rose in the sky." Because white crappie tend to spawn a little deeper than black crappie (depending on water clarity), movement after a cold front will be toward proportionally deeper water for whites than for blacks.
During the fall, a cold front may slow the bite down for a day or so, but the cooler weather can actually trigger a good crappie bite. As waters cool down during the fall, crappie will school up big time and put the feed on before winter arrives.
Crappie move shallow to spawn and do so on firm bottoms, which can range from rocks to logs, but is usually performed on the lake floor surrounded by cover, which is primarily for protection against predators and mother nature's wrath.
Rising pressure will trigger some activity, and fish activity will be something in between normal and high pressure. However, the best barometric pressure for fishing is falling pressure, before a storm.
Fish straight down, using live minnows on a Kentucky rig (see diagram on page 30) or spoons jigged just above the fish. Water Temperature: 40 Degrees Overview: Crappies will begin migrating from deep river channels toward major tributaries, where they will eventually spawn.
During the day, crappie are down deep but when the water cools, crappie move in shallower to feed. This means anglers without a boat can catch crappie from the bank or dock. During the early fall, crappie will still be active in the cooler parts of the day when there is reduced light conditions.