Fishing for Crappie in Reservoirs

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Reservoirs have a ton of great cover and structure for crappie.  Reservoirs have a lot of wood in the form of timber, brush piles, overhanging trees, laydowns and submerged trees.  The shallow water coves and creeks give crappie plenty of areas to spawn during the spring time, which helps them naturally reproduce in big numbers.  Most reservoirs also have some very deep water in the main lake, which is essential for holding large populations of crappie.  The deep water points, drop-offs, mid-lake humps, deep weed lines and bridges are all good places to target crappie during the summer and fall.  Shallow water fishing usually consists of fishing with bobbers rigged with jigs and/or minnows.  In the deeper water, 2 jig rigs, drop-shot rigs, carolina rigs and slip bobbers rigged with live minnows work well for crappie.

line-3Sewell’s Favorites – Best 3 Crappie Lures for Action
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There are a lot of good crappie baits on the market for action.  If you want to catch a lot of fish, it’s tough to top the 3 listed below.

baby shad

Bobby Garland Baby Shad (2″)
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slab slayr

Bobby Garland Slab Slay’r (2″)
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kalins triple threat grub 2 inch

Kalin’s Triple Threat Grub (2″)
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For bigger crappie, you definitely want to upsize a little.  You will get less bites, but the bites will be better bites.  The 3 baits listed below are great big fish baits.

slab slayr

Bobby Garland Slab Slay’r (3″)
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bobby garland strollr

Bobby Garland Stroll’r (2.5″)
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bobby garland baby shad swimr

Bobby Garland Baby Shad Swim’R
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