Today I’m going to tell you all about some sneaky methods of catching hundreds of crappie this fall. But make sure to follow the advice completely, to get the most “bang” for your efforts… especially the “vibration” tip…
2 quick things before I get started:
1. First, a big “thank you” for the words of support I received from hundreds of my crappie fishing “brethren” last week.
Things are already looking up.
“Tough times never last, tough people do.” – Anonymous
2. And…you definitely don’t want to miss a word of what these old guys are going to tell you about catching crappie:
Warning: some of this stuff is wayyyy outside the box…and not for the feint of heart. (Most of this stuff comes straight outta the backwoods… which is why most of it works like gangbusters. They had to catch fish, or starve!)
Just 3 things out of hundreds you’ll discover:
* A certain jig twitch pattern that ONLY works during cold winter months (These easy steps will drive schools of sluggish winter crappie into a frenzy…for instant bites!)
* How to use a pill bottle and a common household item to make “catnip for crappie”… and doctor your baits with it! (Steve got the base formula from an old guy who used it to catch 78 crappie compared to Steve’s 26! Steve has since perfected his homemade “crappie catnip” formula…)
* A special herb to tip your hook with that surrounds minnows with an irresistible smell, attracting hundreds of crappie! (I’ve actually seen crappie ignore regular minnows, to attack a minnow with the “smell”)
…and much more…
All it takes is one new trick or secret to blow your catch count through the roof… and you can test out hundreds of secret old school techniques that have been proven to work over decades of fishing…
It’s all here:
Ok…time to dig into these sneaky fall crappie slammin’ tips…
My fellow countrymen… lend me your ears… errrr… I mean “eyes”.
Many anglers start packing up their rods and reels and begin storing them away in the fall. This is a shame because crappie fishing can be just as productive in the fall as it is in the spring. In fact, it can even be more fun and productive because there are fewer people out on the lakes and rivers making noise and scaring off the crappie. This means fewer distractions, less competition and better results for each fishing trip.
One thing that discourages anglers from fishing for crappie in the fall is the fact that they are more scattered out during this time of year than at any other time. This makes them a little harder to find. They are also more unpredictable so you may have to work a little harder but this just makes it more of a challenge and more rewarding.
In the fall the water temperature eventually becomes the same at all depths and the oxygen levels are higher so the crappie could be at any depth at any given time. This makes finding the crappie the hardest thing for the crappie fisherman to do. However, don’t let this discourage you. With a few fall crappie fishing techniques you can increase the number of crappie that you reel in during any fishing trip.
Techniques for Fall Crappie Fishing
Fall crappie fishing techniques include a variety of things such as knowing what types of baits work the best. Everyone will agree that crappies are most attracted to minnows. In the fall when they are preparing for the long winter months ahead they will be searching for this food source. When using artificial lures it is suggested that you stay under three inches in length. In most areas a one or two inch artificial minnow would work the best.
You can also catch crappie with worms and crayfish. If you do use live bait make sure you keep it in a cooler and try to keep them as lively as possible for the best results.
You can catch crappie anytime during the day or night but the most productive times are usually at night. This is because the fish feed more aggressively during the late evening to early morning hours.
If you are fishing in an area where the visibility is low you can receive the best results with lures that make sound. These will cause vibrations in the water that will attract the crappie or you can use something with a strong odor.
When fishing in clear water crappie plugs, small jigs, bladebaits and spoons work very well. As a general rule jigs and minnows are normally the best to use. Sometimes combining these two together will attract the crappie much faster than using them alone, especially in the fall.
Keep in mind that even though the crappie may be scattered out during the fall they will still move in close to shorelines and shallow waters. They can be found around structures such as weeds, rocks, ledges and in flooded stream channels. As winter approaches they will begin gathering together to form tight schools again.
There are two techniques that are considered the best to use when crappie fishing in the fall. These would be the drifting method and spider trolling.
Whichever method you use it is important that you be patience and continue to be persistent. It may take a little more time locating the crappie in the fall but once you find them, you will be greatly rewarded.
Dealing with the Weather
With fall fishing also comes the cold fronts that will completely change the way the crappie behave. When this happens you must be able to change with it. One thing that you can do is to present the bait in a slow moving fashion where it will be easier for the crappie to take. They are more sluggish during this time and will not go after fast moving bait even if they are hungry.
When the weather changes you will need to change the type of lures you are using. They may no longer be interested in the same thing they took so aggressively before the front moved in. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sizes and colors.
Using a bobber is recommended when you go fall crappie fishing. This can help the bait to sink at a slow pace and allow it to stay in the strike zone for longer periods of time.
The longer the bait stays in the strike zone the better results you will have. You also need to dress for the cooler temperatures. The more comfortable you are, the easier it will be to reel in those crappies. Have fun fall crappie fishing and stay safe.
Give these tips a good test if you can, following the advice above…and let me know your results! I just may feature you in one of these newsletters.
Speaking of “testing lures”, I think I’m going to knock off early today and get my line wet…
My sign is ready to be hung on my office door. It says… “Gone Fishing”,
P.S. Have a great weekend, and if you’ve never seen this amazing crappie fishing video, I urge you to check it out: