How the Time of Day Affects Crappie Fishing

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Fishing for Crappie in the Morning

Other variables can dictate whether or not the bite will be good in the morning, but the lowlight conditions during the morning usually offer good fishing for crappie.  Crappie will often be very active in the morning and if you can find a school of these fish, you should be able to catch a bunch of them.  During the early spring, fishing during the morning can be tough with the cooler water temperatures, so an afternoon or evening bite may be better.  Once water temperatures rise above and stay above the mid 50s, you should be able to find plenty of active crappie during the morning from spring through fall.

Fishing for Crappie in the Afternoon

The afternoon can offer some incredible fishing for crappie during the early spring when water temperatures are still cool.  A warm afternoon can raise water temperatures several degrees, which will often lead to better fishing.  Once the spawn is over, fishing in the afternoon can be tough.  Crappie are found in deeper water during most of the year and these fish will often be found even deeper during the afternoon.  Bright and sunny days will usually make fishing tough during the afternoon.  If you can find some schools of crappie in deeper water, you can still catch plenty of crappie during the afternoon; just don’t expect it to be easy.  You may need to slow down and fish with live minnows when you do get on top of a school of crappie.  Some of the better areas to fish are deep water brush piles, steep drop-offs, deep weed lines and in deep water just off of points.

Fishing for Crappie in the Evening

The evening is one of the best times to fish for crappie.  You can find these fish moving into the shallows in search of an easy meal.  During the spring, crappie can be in the shallows all day during the spawn and you should be able to find plenty of active fish in 1 to 5 feet of water in the evening.  From summer through fall, crappie will spend most of their time in deeper water, but good numbers of crappie will move into shallower water to feed in the evening.   Some crappie will stay deep and those fish can be very active feeding on schools of bait fish.  With feeding fish in shallow and out deep, you have some options as an angler.  Most crappie fishermen would rather target these fish in shallower water and you can usually find fish find plenty of crappie on shallow flats near a steep drop-off, mid-lake humps and points that have quick drop-offs.

Fishing for Crappie at Night

Crappie feed actively throughout the night.  Some fishermen mount lights to the bottom of their boats and these lights attract crappie to the boat.  Lighted docks are also great places to target crappie at night.  Good numbers of crappie will move into the shallows at night.  In the spring, crappie move into the shallows to spawn.  If you know where the spawning areas are, you can catch a lot of fish at night.  The warmer nights usually provide the best night fishing in the spring.  During the summer and fall, most crappie will hold in deeper water during the day.  These fish will come into shallower water at night, so try fishing the shallow flats near deep water.  Points, mid-lake humps, weed lines, docks, shallow water timber and brush can all be very effective at night.

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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line-3Sewell’s Favorites – Best 3 Lures for Targeting Big Crappie
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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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