Crappie Fall Fishing Tips
It is approaching us faster than some might believe,
The Fall Transition for Crappie is almost like the transition for bass.
Here again the crappie will move up from the deep
creek channels and ditches to feed before the cold winter hits and the lakes freeze.
Where are you going to look for the
Think back to the early spring to those brush piles
and laydowns that offer easy access to the deep water, Grass, or Rocks.
Has anyone noticed that it is almost like what I was
saying on my bass website www.fishingforhogs.com? The bass and the
crappie will both do the same. They are looking for a easy
meal and with the shad all bunching up in the coves you will more than likely catch
bass and crappie out of the same school of
Early in the morning try a small top water lure,
such as a small Rebel bug, or even a fly that you might use for trout. Do not think
that a crappie will not hit top water lures. In fact, I
have seen the crappie smacking the top before the bass do.
Another great top water bait is something that we
all use mostly for bream and that is a popping bug. It can be rigged below a
round float and used on a casting rod or the ultra light
Here again crappie will hold close to those stick
ups and to ease a small jig or a minnow down in front of their nose is a little
more than they can handle.
Midday is still good time to get
some crappie slabs in the boat. They will not be a big as the ones that you caught in the
summer because they are not full of eggs, and when I state
that I have caught some crappie in the fall that have had eggs in them, they
did not get to spawn in the spring. What I am saying the
biggest percentage will be thin, but still make a great meal.
As the water warms up during the day, start at the
stick ups and then proceed to deeper water. When you do this, here is where
the Bandit crankbaits come in to play. I know that a lot
of you that fish Sardis Mississippi know all about the bandits and trolling
the mouths of creeks will almost guarantee a boat load
Late afternoon is another good time for you to get
the slabs after the day has heated up the water. I can not say it enough, listen
to what the crappie are telling you and you will have
the time of your life.
They will tell you what they want, where, and most
of the time they will even tell you when they bite the best; all you have to do
is listen real close.
I have got to list some of the got to take lures for
fall crappie and I bet a lot of you still have them left over from the spring. If
not, now is the time to restock your
A. Berkley Minnows in a Bucket
B. Bandits (pink/white/Chart)
C. Live minnows
E. Small Lipless Crankbaits
I have attached a picture of what I would take and one other thing that I have not mentioned in
any earlier article. This is one reason I tell you to come back and read the new articles
you never know when I give away another secret.
It is the bottle of Revolution 3-D Extreme Garlic
Cryogenic Shad Oil. It is produced by Robbins Labs, P.O. Box 161, Eads,
I am a firm believer in covering the human scent and
it will produce more fish. This attractant incorporates Omega 3 fatty acids
and cryogenic shad to produce that minnow diet for
crappie. A good way to apply the crappie attractant is to put some in a baggie and dip your bait in the
crappie catching mixture.
When you are using the minnows, do not forget the
part about putting more than one on the line. If you missed that part, check out that article at my
then come on back to learn how to get your share of the slab crappies.
Watch the water temp. You can bet on catching
crappie in water that is 60 to 70 degrees and sometimes even colder.
Caution: Stop and think the water is getting colder in the fall with the cool nights. You have got
to practice safety more than you might in the summer, because you can or should I say
your body can not withstand the cold water that long if you fall into the water.
Keep Dry cloths in a Large water tight bag just in
case and always let someone know where you are going to be and when you are going to be
Hope the crappie fall fishing tips help but do stay
safe so we can can catch a bunch next spring and have that fish Fry.
Keep The Hooks Wet!