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Author Topic: [Crappie] Black Crappie Tips for Spring  (Read 252 times)

Offline Adam Mihara

[Crappie] Black Crappie Tips for Spring
« on: April 12, 2021, 11:25:55 AM »
Many Northerners such as myself target black crappie often. It can be a lot of fun to rack up on willing panfish when the bass bite is tough. I wanted to share a few thoughts about improving success for spring black crappie based on years of observation and catches.

Lighter is better, usually.

Spring crappie are most readily taken on a small sized jighead tipped with fur, feathers, or a variety of soft plastics. The lighter the jighead, the more crappie you will catch. The lighter presentation has a more natural movement in the water.  The lighter your line and the more bites you will get. Light line also helps in casting such a small weight in the wind. A forgiving rod with plenty of bend will help you launch a bait like this farther. A weighted bobber will get you ever more distance but don't go too large. The less resistance needed to pull the bobber down, the better.

Color matters, sort of.

The color of the jighead's dressing depends on the day and conditions. Usually a bright color like white or chartreuse or a dark color like black or green pumpkin are my typical choices. Other colors can produce well on a given day and I keep a supply of those in such situations. Pink, orange, blue, and purple can all be effective but 95-99% of the time I go with one of the 4 colors mentioned prior.

Scent is a big deal.

Unlike Largemouth, I prefer using heavily scented lures for crappie. Largemouth tend to spit heavily flavored baits at times. I've experimented and watched this happen on numerous occasions. For crappie, a scent added to the bait can change their attitude. You can observe them going from ALMOST biting to inhaling the lure fully. Just that little edge can add a few more fish to your outing.

It's all how you move it.

On any given day your success will be determined by lure movement more than anything else. Some days they want it jigged. Some days perfectly still. Experiment with this until you find the sweet spot. More often than not, a smooth swinging motion is most efficient and triggers more fish. Add a jig now and then with increasing movement until you find what the want. No need to work more when less will get the job done.

If you have found any of these observations to be accurate in your experiences please let me know. I think they are good generalities when targeting black crappie.

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Offline fish365

Re: Black Crappie Tips for Spring
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2021, 01:25:12 PM »
 I don't target crappie, but have caught some big white crappie this time of year running the bank and trees bass fishing with a spinnerbait. I caught a 3 1/2 lb one on a staysee90 in the early winter while smallmouth fishing.
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Offline Adam Mihara

Re: Black Crappie Tips for Spring
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2021, 01:36:06 PM »
I don't target crappie, but have caught some big white crappie this time of year running the bank and trees bass fishing with a spinnerbait. I caught a 3 1/2 lb one on a staysee90 in the early winter while smallmouth fishing.
I don't have as many white crappie locally as other parts of the country. Locally, white crappie tend to be loners and will strike larger baits meant for bass. Crankbaits, jerkbaits, and even spinnerbaits at times. Elongated lures like Roadrunners and Beetle Spins tend to trigger them more than black crappie. I'm not sure why this is? I read that White Crappie feeding behavior is extremely transient. They swim around to an area of the lake or river and search for food in that place. If they don't find any, they move on. Black crappie are more cover/structure based. 

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