Trolling Crankbaits for Crappie

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creme-lures-shallow-diving-crankbaitsWhile vertical jigging with jigs and live bait are the preferred methods for catching crappie, trolling crankbaits can be a productive method for locating fish and catching some bigger slab crappie.

Trolling is typically better when crappie are located in depths from 8 to 15 feet deep.  It can be tricky getting your small crankbaits down to these depths, but adding a weight 2 to 3 feet in front of your lure (carolina rig style) will help you get down deep enough.

Trolling crankbaits for crappie usually pays off when fish are scattered on large flats, along drop-offs or when you just can’t find a school of fish on your graph.  Trolling can be a good way to put some fish in the boat while trying to locate the bigger schools.  Mark the spots where you catch a crappie so you can make more passes in those areas.

Combining trolling with vertically jigging can definitely put more fish in the boat.  Use trolling to help locate the active fish, then come back and drop a jig down on the school of crappies.

Trolling crankbaits usually attracts more big fish bites than jigs or live bait, but don’t expect to catch as many fish.  This isn’t the case every time, but there are better techniques for putting more crappies in the boat on a consistent basis.

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
Go get it on Amazon

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