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I fish a lake here in Texas that has many large crappies and it is very popular to fish for crappie on this lake. Well what i would like from you guys is some tips on crappie fishing!

I need all the information you can give me from line to bait(dont care if you insist live bait)and also presentations!

Well thank you for any information I have never fished for crappie on purpose but i have caught a couple fishing for bass.

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Simple. Use a minnow on about 12-18 in of leader below a red & white bobber(any bobber will do).......Let the minnow swim around and do his thing and those crappies will eat em up.......We have caught 15 or 20 fish in about 20 minutes using this very old technique........

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I like to use Berkley Micro tubes under a 2-3 footlong bobber. You can just let it sit there and the crappies will come up for it.

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In order to catch crappie you have to find them first. This time of year in Texas, my guess is that they are either spawning or getting ready to spawn. If they are spawing you are in luck because that is the easiest time to catch them. They will be in shallow water with gravel bottoms and wood cover. If you can find a beaver hut park in front of it and start there. You'll notice that after a few fish the bite will die down--find another likely area and fish it for an hour or so. When you go back to the orignal site the crappie will be biting again.

If they are not spawning start working your way along the creek channel towards deeper water. If you have electonics they will come in real handy at this time. You will also have to determine the depth at which the fish are, this is very important. You must present your bait--live or artificial--above the crappie. Perhaps only a few inches above, but always above. You should also work long tapered points, particularly those with wood (stumps are preferred) cover on them, starting shallow and working deeper if the crappie are not shallow. Gravel, chunk rock, or coarse sand bottoms are key--avoid mud or silty bottoms.

Whether you are using live bait or artificial always use the lightest line you can get away with (8lb test max) and as little weight as you can.

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First thing i would do would be find that sweet spot out and away from everybody and make my on brush piles.  But if you don't have time for that just watch your graph and search for the brushpiles eveyone else is fishing from.  Live bait to me all ways works better for me but i do like fish that jig, must be the bass fisherman in me.

Do some homework on crappie.  You'll find that even after you locate them they can still be hard to catch.  For instatance did you know that crappie will hit a bait moving before hitting one that is just sitting, or that they will only go for bait that is above them and not below they don't bottom feed.

Here in AR they are staging outside the flats full of eggs waithing on the right moment to move in and drop those eggs.  

We caught 30 friday night on yoyos finshing only 2" to a 1ft deep.  The biggest just over 2lbs.

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Speaking of Crappies hitting moving baits I caught a ton of Crappie on a Shallow Shad Rap last summer and fall. Sometimes I would use it kinda like a topwater other times med. retrieve.

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Simple. Use a minnow on about 12-18 in of leader below a red & white bobber(any bobber will do).......Let the minnow swim around and do his thing and those crappies will eat em up.......We have caught 15 or 20 fish in about 20 minutes using this very old technique........

  Couldnt have put it better myself.    They also like Disco... 8-)

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