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How To Haul In Hundreds Of Crappie In The Springtime

Dec 14, 2007
Yes that is Crappie Spring. If you time it right you'll think you have a bunch of crappie jumping on a spring just to get out of the water. In the middle of the United States this time occurs in early to mid May. Spring crappie fishing is a lot about timing but consider other items such as bait fish, other food, water temperature, type of crappie and shelter among other things.

Let me start with the first and that is timing in the spring, do not wait for a specific time. In the spring the fish are starting to get active and are really thinking about spawning. Spawning really occurs when the water temperatures reach about 63 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature will vary slightly depending on the area and species but look for waters approaching that temperature at a depth of three to 12 feet.

As I have preached time and time again look for vegetation and sunken brush. This provides shelter and food for crappie. The loose soil and brushy areas provide shelter. Do not ever forget this as it is what the crappie world revolves around. We have found that Christmas trees work really well when sunk in about six to nine feet of water. We have used cinder blocks or other various blocks of concrete to weigh them down. Sink these in the fall and look for some minor activity the next spring but the one after that will be even better. The rotting materials provide a food source for the new crappie that are coming in the spring, not because of the plant material but the other life that feeds on it.

Just a few words of caution when building crappie beds like this, some areas consider this illegal. Also be sure that there is no decoration left on it as it might cause harm to the habitat and possibly the crappie. In one area we would sink trees and bales of hay with concrete blocks that we would mark with empty jugs tied to the concrete. After many months we would raise the concrete blocks and slowly drag the sunken and water logged brush to a desired area. We would mark this area on a map or in some areas we put markers on the shore that with some skillful compass work you could find the perfect spot. Spawning is so important that we base our crappie season and bed structure around it but be sure to check with your local laws before attempting any of these suggestions.

While we are talking about spawning let us talk about shelter as well. Crappies like to spawn in areas where there is structure. This provides shelter from many predators as well as from currents. But not all predators are excluded from the shelter so keep this in mind for a later point. Also look for loose gravel and muddy lake or river bottoms as the crappie will make a nest in these areas well if the currents and depth are right. These bare nests, in my experience, are rare but do happen when there are a lot of crappies in the area competing for nesting spots
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best crappie fishing information possible. Get more information on crappie fishing here: http://www.askcrappiefishing.com
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