The great crappie “witching hour”… and how to slay ‘em!

Today, the case for crappie fishing during the “witching hour”. Along with some sweet tips to trigger strikes like crazy. The good news, it’s EASY to adapt this to any body of water as well.

Here we are in the middle of spring, and it’s the perfect time to step up your game with these tips… along with the other tips below. You gotta do whatever you can to take full advantage of the spring. Crappie hot beds all around… and it only comes around once a year.

… and listen:

If you want to be THE guy pulling up big crappie like crazy in your area… (and trust me, everyone will know who you are…and they’ll be dying to find out how you’re doing it…)

You’ve go to check out this “box-load” of old crappie fishing secrets:

Old School Crappie Fishing Secrets From 12 Backcountry Crappie Masters!

Here are just 3 of the killer strategies and sneaky tricks that slam the crappie like no tomorrow:

* An amazing jig, combined with a special “flip, swing, pop” technique, that suckers the biggest crappie to bite almost instantly (especially around lily pads) (This secret works so well Carlton BEGGED his best friend to tell him by calling repeatedly at 1am!)

* How to use your BOBBER to create the perfect “noise” that attracts crappie like wild! (This powerful technique works best if you aren’t getting any bites – for almost immediate strikes!)

* The secret “rapid fire” technique that can catch dozens of fanning crappie in under 45 minutes. (This one exploits a crappies’ defense mechanism)

* How to catch a hundred crappie in a single day by creating “super maggots”! (Carlton found out about this amazing secret from a wandering stranger at a gas station…)

…and hundreds more. All from the brilliant crappie fishing minds of 12 true old school guys who’ve been bangin’ em for years…

Old School Crappie Fishing Secrets From 12 Backcountry Crappie Masters!

(Just checking out the article will give you some amazing things to test… there’s pure gold in there!)

Now, let’s dig in to the crappie fishing tips…most of which can be easily adapted for any lake.


Fishing for crappies is enjoyed by men, women and children all over the nation. From the novice fisherman to the professional, most everyone enjoys reeling in the crappies. They are one of the easiest species to catch because this is one fish that can be sought out anytime day or night. They are also a rather small species but that doesn’t mean they can’t put up a struggle that’ll keep you on your toes. This combined with their great taste, makes them one of the most sought after species today.

Crappies are also known as white perch, papermouth, specks, slabs and croppie. They taste great and they’re a lot of fun to catch so it’s no wonder they are so popular. They are a great species for children and the elderly to fish because they are small enough to catch without too much difficultly. Still, they can put up enough of a struggle to keep things interesting. Another reason crappie fishing is so popular is because you don’t need to spend a lot of money on expensive equipment. You can reel them in with basically any type of equipment although, light-weight gear is recommended for the best results since they are a small species.

Even though you can go crappie fishing anytime, there is a big difference between crappie night fishing and fishing during the day. Some of these differences are listed below: * The crappie feed more aggressively at night so they are more active.

* It’s easier to entice them to take the bait because they’re already searching for food.

* The water is usually calmer making it easier to know when you have a bite.

* There are fewer disturbances from other anglers and less competition.

* There will be fewer noises to scare the crappie away. Things just always seem to be naturally quieter at night.

* The temperature is usually cooler, which provides a better environment for catching the larger crappies.

Here is another big difference between fishing at night for crappies and going out in the daytime. Night fishing requires that you be prepared prior to going out on the water. It’s a good idea to always be prepared but it’s more important at night. You really don’t want to find yourself out on the lake in the dark unprepared. Some of the things that you need to ensure you’re prepared for crappie night fishing includes the following:

* Never go out on the water alone at night. Lakes and rivers are much more dangerous at night than during the day due to the limited lighting.

* Organize your tackle box and make it easy to get to your main gear. You don’t want to be fumbling around in the dark trying to find your favorite lure.

* Tell a friend or family member where you plan to go fishing and how long you plan to stay.

* Take a waterproof flashlight and lantern with you so you can have light when you need it.

* When out on a boat, make sure it’s equipped with the proper lighting so other anglers that enjoy night fishing as much as you do can see you in the water.

You will also need to use different techniques when night fishing as well. For example, florescent fishing lines and floats are recommended because you can see them better in the dim lighting than regular ones. Use a black light to make them stand out in the water.

Using sensitive equipment will make it much easier for you to feel when you have a bite. Nevertheless, you need to stay alert to make sure you don’t miss a strike when you do get one. Using the light of the full moon can make night fishing very enjoyable and productive.

Try casting your line into the shadows for the best results and the opportunity to reel in the biggest crappies. Minnows, crayfish and worms are usually the best baits to use anytime you go crappie fishing because they are attracted to these the most. However, the crappie will eat just about anything.

There is also a variety of artificial baits that will work well when night fishing for crappies. It’s always a good idea to carry along a variety of baits in case they happen to be in a picky mood. So carry both live bait and artificial lures along with you on the trip and you’ll always have something new to try. Keep in mind that crappies have very thin mouths so you have to be careful when setting the hook or you’ll pull it right through the mouth.

Not only will this cause you to loss the catch but it’ll also injure the fish needlessly. It’s also important that you use small hooks and make sure they’re sharp and in good condition. Now you’re ready to go night fishing for crappies, have a great time!


So that’s it. Some more ammunition that’s make the crappie cower in fear.

I’d love to hear about your spring crappie fishing results too. Pictures, experiences, whatever you want to send. Even send your best crappie fishing stories. I’ll decide whether to believe them or not. :)

Actually, here’s some good ones:

Old School Crappie Fishing Secrets From 12 Backcountry Crappie Masters!

See you next Friday!

Gone Fishin’,

Bob Cross

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3 Crappie Fishing Tricks From Lake Weiss Fishermen…

The day you stop experimenting with different baits, presentations, and techniques is the day you stop improving. Wanna catch more crappie this year than last? Keep experimenting with different things. Keep using what works, and forget about the stuff that doesn’t.

I keep a journal of all this where I record each catch, along with the presentation, time of year, conditions, time of day it was caught. Looking back you can see amazing trends…and you can fine tune from there.

Today a bunch of crappie fishing notes from the shores of Lake Weiss. Most discovered in Winter. ALL which have been tested to work year round in most areas.

And if you want to peek inside the secret fishing journals of some of the best “Old School” Crappie Fishermen in North America, they tell all here…

Old School Crappie Fishing Secrets From 12 Backcountry Crappie Masters!

Here’s just 3 out of hundreds of things they’ll reveal to you,:

* How to fish straight-tailed and curly-tailed jigs to maximize crappie catches (There’s a different technique for each of these… and most guys don’t fish either of them right)

* 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 so much more…

It’s amazing the unusual, weird, but amazingly deadly techniques, baits, and strategies these guys figured out to haul in crappie like crazy.

It’s ready for you…and what better time for it?

Old School Crappie Fishing Secrets From 12 Backcountry Crappie Masters!

Now…let’s drill into the tips for this week…


Lake Weiss is one of the best lakes to find and fish for crappie. It is actually nick named the Crappie Capital of the World! For this reason, it is a popular crappie fishing spot.

There will be many competing for the crappie on this lake. If you learn these three techniques to use while crappie fishing on Lake Weiss then you will have a better chance than the other anglers at getting the limit.

1. Do not limit yourself to fishing during spawning season. While this is the most popular time to get these fun little fish, there will be a lot of competition from other anglers at this time of the year. You can still fish Lake Weiss in early spring when the crappie are spawning, but do not make this season the “be all end all” of crappie fishing on this lake.

You will want to consider the crappie fishing in the winter time. Yes, it will be cold, but your lack of comfort will be greatly paid off when fishing in this season. The crappies will be in deeper waters at this time of the year so finding them may prove to be a challenge. The best thing to do is stick with the hunt, when you find a pocket of crappie in the winter you will have no problem bringing in the limit.

While this is more than a tip than a technique, there are some other hints for fishing in winter that will offer you all the crappie you can reel in. The only thing you need to do is be able to withstand the cold waters. Make sure you dress in layers. In the morning the water will be colder than in the afternoon. You may need to remove or put on layers to keep you comfortable.

2. The first technique you need to use to catch winter crappies is the bump method. In order to pull off this technique you will need your maps and depth finders. The best way find the crappie is the find the shelves that they prefer in the winter time. This is where they congregate in large groups. You will literally need to bump their noses with the bait in order to get them to bite.

This is because they will be more lethargic in the winter time than they are in the spring when they are spawning or in the summer when the waters are warm. But once they get the scent of the bait, they will eagerly attack it.

There is a lack of food in the winter so any snacks that come their way will not be tuned away. That is if you can get their attention for long enough for them to take the bait.

Once you bump them with the bait, they will get the scent of the bait and will strike at it.

The best bait for this type of fishing is minnows.

3. Another good technique for getting crappie in the winter time is by trolling. Now this is not your typical trolling method that you would use for Walleye or Northern Pike.

You need to throw out a few lines with jigs on them. You will also need your depth finder to locate the schools of fish.

They can usually be found in areas that they would be spawning at. Near the shore and deep channels are the best spots. Once you have located a school of fish, make sure that you are dropping your jigs above the crappie’s heads. This is because they prefer to strike up for their meals. You want to make sure that you have a jig that will be heavy enough to reach the depths that the crappie will be found at.

This is typically more than eight feet so a heavier jig will mostly be required. If the jigs are not reaching the fish, they will not have a chance to get to them. When you are trolling for crappie in this manner on Lake Weiss, you want to a lighter test. You do not want a huge line hanging in front of them to spook them away.

The six pound test has been known to be very effective at this time of the year. It is heavy enough to reel in some large crappie and yet light enough that they will not see it easily. While fishing for crappie on Lake Weiss any time of the year is a fun and profitable experience, you will want to take advantage of the lake nearly empty of anglers in the winter time.

There are two basic techniques for fishing for crappie when fishing in the cold water.

Use the bump and trolling techniques if you really want to bring in a lot of fish.


In the middle of some major thunder and lightning storms out in these parts, so I doubt I’m getting out fishing this weekend.

Sure hope you get a chance to test some of this stuff out over the weekend.

Remember. Keep what works, and get rid of the stuff that doesn’t.

Imagine where you’ll be a few months from now if you do this consistently?

And of course…if you do try some of this stuff…

Old School Crappie Fishing Secrets From 12 Backcountry Crappie Masters!

Back next Friday. Like clockwork. :)

Gone Fishin’,

Bob Cross

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