It's show time folks! Set out for your favorite freshwater fishing spot and apply these crappie fishing techniques if you wish to have many successful outings on the water. It requires a bit of skill and sometimes patience to bang out a mess of papermouths to fill up that ice chest.
Crappie can be caught with a variety of methods. Picking the right time to utilize the different crappie techniques will surely have you fishing like a master angler.
Although crappie are a heavy schooling fish, you will be schooling these spunky fighters when they begin slamming your presentations!
Many people believe that if you hook a minnow through the mouth then they will last longer. My question is... longer than what? The minnow will be unable to breath if it's mouth is hooked shut, right? Therefore, hook it behind the dorsal fin, being careful not to penetrate the lateral line.
With a minnow or worm baited up, toss it out where the crappie are and allow it do its thing. A bobber will be perfect to use when the fish are suspended higher up in the water column. Adjust the bobber as needed to get it right in front, or ever so slightly above them. If it's too far above or below them then they may not want to exert the energy to go after it, unless they're roaming around.
Simply cast and retrieve the lure where you have found the crappie. Vary your cadences until you determine how they like it best. You can also use a bobber float with these lightweight lures. This will allow you to get the lure to set at the exact depth that you know the fish are holding at. Let the lure set and twitch it a little every few seconds. Stay alert and be ready to set the hook with the slightest movement of the bobber.
While holding out your fishing rods, let out your line on each side of the boat, one in the shallow section, and the other in the deeper section of the bottom of the drop off. Steadily troll slowly through the schools of bait fish and/or crappie. You can continue trolling even when you hook up so that you don't have to restart the whole process each time. Maneuver around and make several passes when you have found a school of these little giants.
You might also be interested in experimenting with other crappie fishing methods as you gain experience. You can try drop shotting with a variety of baits, trolling at various depths or speeds, flipping and pitching different lures in and around all types of structure, fly fishing, or even ice fishing if you can get to lakes that are frozen over.