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Crappie Dock Shooting: Video Instruction

Top Lake of the Ozarks guide Jack Uxa details the how when and where of shooting docks for crappie.

Early Spring Crappie: Location, Location, Location

By: Dan Thomas

“The key to finding crappie consistently is to understand their seasonal movements. Early spring when the water begins to warm crappie will migrate from their wintertime holding areas in deep water to the shallows preparing for the spawn.”

Spence Petros Early Season Crappie Float “Magic”

BY: Spence Petros

Nothing but ice for the last two months and it was driving me crazy. A recent spurt of warm weather had opened up a few tributaries that flowed into a local river, and reports of some nice crappies being caught had filtered back to me. But that was a few days ago when a warm sun peaked out, now it was cold and windy. Regardless of conditions, I had to get out for an hour or two, the winter doldrums had taken their toll. I pulled a few rods off the rack, grabbed a small box of panfish gear, and headed out the door. The cold north winds and dark skies weren’t encouraging, but it was March and almost any conditions were tolerable.

Early Spring Crappie Basics

During late February and early March, when the old fishing waters start to warm the early spring crappie fishing season gets active. Instead of staging on hidden cover, crappie will begin moving to stump fields, shallow treetops; riprap banks and docks; many of these are visible in the backs of creeks or coves and close to a lake’s banks.

Many anglers enjoy early spring crappie fishing when crappies migrate to shallower water. In addition to being shallow these crappie gather in large numbers; so when you hook one, it very likely that you are going to catch a mess of them.

Early Spring Crappie Tips

By Tony Kalna Jr.
As winter’s grip loosens, waters are warming and the crappie are getting active. Here’s how you can get an early jump on the action.
As a game fish, crappie have a following among die-hard sporting anglers as strong as serious sports fans have for major league baseball. When the hot-stove league of baseball is heating up and spring training begins, the crappie fishing and the interest for it is beginning to heat up as well.

Winter Crappie Tips

By Roy Rudolph

Here’s a secret many crappie anglers don’t want you to know: Winter is the best time for crappie
fishing. The schools are bigger and more tightly compact, so you can sit in one spot and catch
fish-after-fish. Crappie feed heavily in cold water. And, quite often, you’ll have the lake to
yourself (the main reason they want to keep this a secret).

Sure, the spawn provides the heaviest fish up shallow where everyone can get to them, and
they’re easy. But that’s the problem – everyone can get to them, and often do. But during winter,
once you find the fish, it’s usually just you and the slabs, and you can anchor over them and fill
the livewell. The key is finding them; the catching is easy.

Cold Water Stump Fishing For Crappie

By: Tim Huffman

Cold-Weather Stump Fishing is a combination of stump fishing mixed with factors you might face. The key to fishing this time of year is survival because the weather and water can be deadly.


Every body of water is different but many have stumps. Few popular lakes have more stumps than Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee where winter fishing can be outstanding in 2 to 4 feet of water. I’ve fished wood cover in Illinois that was over 50 feet deep. Stumps and winter crappie go together whether shallow, deep or anywhere in between.

Long Line Trolling for Crappie

BY: Phillip Gentry

Rod Wall of Ninety Six, SC recently joined the B’n’M pro-staff and was highly recruited for his abilities to long line for crappie. Wall and his teenage son and tournament partner Braxton long line for crappie anytime they can and have had tremendous success doing so on the tournament trails. We asked Rod to give us the basics to get started in long line trolling.According to Wall, the basics of long lining center on water temperature, water clarity, depth of presentation, and using the right equipment. So let’s get started.