The crappie is a popular sport and pan fish. Throughout the Southeastern United States there are multiple crappie fishing tournaments each year. There are two sub-species of crappie, black and white. Black crappie prefer water that is free of heavy mud deposits, while white crappie can tolerate more mud and debris than black crappie.
Bass receive much of the glory when it comes to sport fishing, but crappie are fun to fish for and to catch. This fish tends to live in the same type of environment as bass - brush, rocks, and submerged logs are some of the best spots to find crappie. The fish are attracted to light and will bite quite well during the night hours.
If you plan to fish for crappie it pays to know the area you are fishing. Try to get a look at the waterway during a time when the water is low. Make a mental note of where any rock piles, brush, or logs may be. This is where you will come back when the water is higher.
All fishermen have their preferred bait. Crappie will respond to both live bait and to lures. The size of your fish may not rely on the size of your bait - large crappie have been known to go after small lures. Minnows are a prime choice for crappie fishing when sitting on the river bank. While fishing from a boat you may find that lures do a better job of catching the fish.
Crappie will strike at anything shiny or smelly. Some lures come impregnated with scent. You can buy bottles of scent mixture that will scent all of your lures. Just dip, then cast. Scenting mixes can also be used on works or other live bait, but it isn't a good idea to try it on minnows.
If you would like to try your hand at creating a smelly, effective bait, try shrimp. Most fishermen use shrimp for bottom-fishing (catfishing). However, crappie love shrimp and will readily strike a smelly bit of shrimp. To make 'stink bait' from shrimp is simple - buy a small pack of fresh shrimp at your local grocery store. Leave out of the fridge the night before you plan to go fishing, preferably outdoors. By the next day your shrimp will be quite ripe. Hold your nose when opening the package and you may wish ti use gloves while baiting the hook. Cast near brush and enjoy pulling in many crappie!
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