Today I’m going to talk about a few unique methods of catching crappie. These little tips and tricks are used with amazing results on Chickamuga Lake, and they are pulling results in every area of the nation.
It’s a fact: if you “translate” fishing techniques/baits/and tricks that work like gangbusters in one area of the country… and use them in your local waters… the chances are they’ll work just as good, if not better in your neck of the woods.
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Now…let’s dig into this weeks crappie fishing techniques… hold onto your hat!
Located along the Tennessee River you will find a reservoir called Chickamauga Lake. It’s a great place to go crappie fishing partly because the environment is perfect for this species to thrive. The crappie is known by many different names such as the papermouth, speckled perch and goggleye and they can be found almost anywhere but the Chickamauga Lake has many structures where they can be found easily.
You can fish for both the black and the white crappie in this lake depending on which one you prefer to catch. The two are similar in many ways but they are distinguished by the color and markings they have. For instance, the black crappies have spots on the sides and seven to eight dorsal spines while the white crappies have eight or nine vertical bands on the sides and six dorsal spines.
Both types of crappies can be caught using the same methods and basically the same types of baits. The crappie is not a very hard species to catch so any one of the following three methods will work very well.
Casting is an easy method used to catch crappie on Chickamauga Lake. It can be used when fishing from a boat or from along side the edge of the lake. When using this method don’t cast directly in the center of a school of fish. This will startle the crappies and they will begin to scatter. Instead, it’s recommended that you start fishing along the edge of the school of fish and work toward the center. Cast your line around docks, ledges, rocks and any other natural or man-made structures for the best results. This is where the crappies will be the most plentiful.
In the warm months, it’s suggested that you fish in the areas that are the shadiest. The crappies tend to avoid direct sunlight and won’t take your bait in the areas where the sun is shining directly in the water. It can be difficult to feel when the crappies take your bait so watch the line carefully. If you see your line moving sideways, this may be an indication that you have a bite even though you don’t feel anything.
Trolling is an excellent method that is also used quite often to catch crappie on the Chickamauga Lake. One of the reasons it’s so popular is because you can use several rods at the same time. This allows you to fish at different depths and use different types of bait at the same time until you discover what is working the best. Of course, you will need access to a boat equipped with a trolling motor and rod holders in order to use this method.
When trolling for crappies you will have more success if you know a little about this species and where they can be found during each season. During the summer, troll the deeper parts of the lake for the best results. In the spring, it’s suggested that you move in closer to the shoreline.
Drifting is a great way to fish for crappies because it allows you to move in on a school of fish very quietly. This is a species that will frighten easily so, any method that allows you to get close without scaring them away is very popular. When drifting for crappies you will use the wind and the current to move your boat downstream through the schools of fish. Place a buoy or some other type of marker in the areas where you get bites so you can maneuver around these areas and start over again. When you begin to drift off-course you can use your trolling motor to get back on track. Using a depth finder can help you locate the schools of fish faster.
All three of these ways are good methods to use when crappie fishing on the Chickamauga Lake. Many anglers prefer to fish from the shoreline, banks and off of docks while others prefer going out in a boat. Therefore, the best one for you to choose will depend on your personal preference and the type of gear that you have.
Regardless of which way you choose to fish for crappies, minnows or worms are usually the best baits to use if you fish with live bait. When using artificial lures choose your color wisely depending on the type of water in which you’re fishing. The best time of day to fish for crappies is in the early morning and the late evening. This is when they are the most active. They will also bite rather aggressively on cloudy days and when it’s slightly raining.
The crappies tend to be less aggressive during the winter months and you may not get as many bites but you can still go fishing for crappies. Just make sure that you slow down your presentation when the water is cold because they will be moving much slower during this time of year.
That’s it for now. Lot’s of information crammed into this issue.
No matter your techniques of choice for crappie fishing, there’s a lot of insight to be gained from hearing about different methods.
So, what can YOU apply from the tips above?
Another busy weekend, so I gotta get rollin’.
‘Till next week…
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* How to fill your bucket with 2-3 pound crappie using Catfish Charlie’s “instant hookup” jig secret
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* The “Grandpa Moses” technique for instant hookups of crappie, bass, and pickerel… in weed beds (This trick stimulates these species’ natural ambush instinct, so they attack!)
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