How To Locate Crappie Beds

Crappies are social fish. If you have been fishing for a bit, and have had no bites, it is best to try a new area.

During the summer, fish in deeper water. Where the temperature is closer to their ideal habitat. Deep holes, near a cliff or ledges are all great locations for Crappie in the heat. They come closer to the shallows towards dusk as the temperature starts to drop; this could be the ideal time for them to feed.

Find Spawning Areas for the Best Crappie Fishing

The trickiest part is finding the depth at which the crappie are suspended. During spawn you can look for water about 60 degrees. This is true for crappies and other panfish. Shallow, weedy or gravelly areas, only a few feet deep, are your sweet spot. This could be near the shoreline, in grasses and weeds too. Once you find this sweet spot, you should be able to sit there all day long and reel in slab after slab.

 
 
 
 
 
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Fishing in shallow areas can have challenges, but in the spring it’s cool – it is the perfect time. Remember, these fish head for the shade. Fishing out in the sun might not be the best angling. Also, if there is movement in the water, they like these types of spots as well.

How deep do crappie go in the winter?

Crappies don’t go to the depths of 80 ft; they stay about 30-40 feet deep. Be sure you’re not in a deep channeled area.

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