Crappie Night Fishing
Crappie night fishing can be one of the best times you ever spend on the lake, but there are many things that must
be included to plan for a good night of fishing.
If you’re fishing out of a boat, there will be more things that can cause a
nightmare than if you’re fishing from a dock.
I guess my biggest thing that comes to my mind when night boat fishing is
that you do not want to have to travel 20 miles down or up the lake to fish.
Stop and think; it is dark and who knows what dangers are lurking in the
water like stumps, trees, trash, sandbars, or just plain low water.
You want to try and find a place during the daylight hours that is not far
from the launch site if possible, such as a brush pile.
Bridges are great as long as it has at least 25 feet of water or close to
it. I say this so you can still go after crappie after they spawn and into the
This way, it will give you a lot of water to adjust to the depth of what
crappie like and still catch them like crazy. I have been out at night and seen some bridges that look like
little cities with all the crappie fishing going on.
Make sure you let someone know where you’re going to be and what time you
will be returning and take a buddy. If you’re catching them like crazy and you know that you will return
later than agreed time, call and let the folks know.
O.K., let's get everything that you’re going to
First of all, the night that you’re going make sure that the battery
charger is plugged in during the day and you’re charging those batteries up to the max while getting
everything else ready for the fishing trip.
I highly recommend the crappie floating lights, at least two of
There are a lot of different types on the market which I have showed you in
the picture. These are used to attract the bait fish and we all know when they show up, the big fish will
If you missed the article on the Brand New Crappie
Candle, go back and read up on it. Crappie night fishing is a
perfect place for it.
Now a lot of guys like to use the boat batteries for the power supply, but
I have found that a lawn mower battery is smaller and does not weigh that much. I have one for each of the
lights I’ve placed in the front, middle and rear of the boat.
The front and rear batteries are for the floating lights and the middle one
is for my black light. I use the black light because I like to use 8# fluorescent fishing line. That way it
shows up real good under the black light.
The Boat will have Lifejackets that must be worn at all times most of all
after dark. Stop and think; you can't see that good at night and no one else will be able to see any
Rod holders if you do not want to trust laying them in the boat against the
side wall, here again stop and think we are not just taking Crappie.
Bass and catfish also will show up for a free meal and you might just lose
a pole or two. Rod holders will secure your rod and give you that extra few seconds to get to the pole, and
don't forget you are only allow five poles out unless you have company. Check the state
regulations for your area to verify what the laws allows in
your area of the country.
I like to have two anchors that way I can keep the boat from swinging if
the winds pick up at night; one for the front and one for the back of the boat and enough line to tie onto
the anchors. I do not recommend you tying up to the bridge because someone in their boat might come running
by after dark and you don't want to hang them.
Flash lights with extra batteries or you can use the ones that I talked
about in other articles that attach to your hat. If you missed that go back and read