4 Tips for Sight-Fishing Crappie

Wednesday, November 26 2014 9:00 am - for Crappie Fishing
Bright baits are the ticket for sight fishing for crappie. Try glow, white, chartreuse and other vibrant patterns. Metallic lures also give off good flash, making it easy for anglers to track baits during the retrieve. Fall is a great time to catch crappie. One method I use in northern clear-water lakes is sight-fishing crappie around deep, healthy weeds. These crappie are hunting baitfish and various tasty invertebrates living in the aquatic plants. The best fishing days tend to be overcast. Here are four tips for this approach. 1. Fish high Crappie are up-feeders so best results often come working…
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3 Reasons to Fish Fast for Panfish

Monday, September 08 2014 3:00 pm - for Panfish
While there is a time and place for slow presentations for panfish, I'm here to tell you that fishing fast is a great way to catch more and bigger sunfish, crappie and yellow perch. Reason 1: It Covers Water and Finds Fish Faster Part of why I like crappie fishing so much is that these fish are such a challenge to track down. Yes, some days their elusiveness leaves me scratching my head, but when I locate a school it makes the hard work worth it. Dillydallying with slow, methodical tactics is not how I search out crappie. It's run-and-gun,…
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The lowly rock bass won’t win many popularity contests among anglers. These fish are not sleek and powerful like a landlocked striper. They don’t jump like a belligerent bass or streak through the currents like a rainbow trout   Panfish such as rock bass can be a fill-in for those days when fishing for other gamefish isn't effective. But despite their lack of credentials as a gamefish, these stocky little olive and brass-colored panfish are strangely appealing. Maybe their dependability is what makes them so attractive as a quarry. Rock bass can almost always be counted on as a fill-in…
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Every now and then I get the urge to catch a mess of panfish for a fish fry. Where I live that generally means rock bass, which are in abundance. In fact, they’re common enough to be considered a nuisance fish on most lakes around here. A trick to keep catching larger panfish if your catching runts is to keep moving to find a larger school of specimens. I’d be lying if I told you there was a lot of skill in catching them. They’re plentiful, overly aggressive and will happily take woolly buggers or any other reasonable impersonation of…
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Panfish aka: bluegills, sunfish, crappies, bream, perch, shell crackers, pumpkinseeds, slabs and even smaller walleyes are called "pan" fish for a reason. Properly filleted and fried, they eat s-o-o-o-o-o good! Here's a simple filleting technique for slabs, sunnies, perch, bass or anything else. It's fast, easy, and clean up is a cinch. That way you get to the eating all the sooner! FISH FILLET EQUIPMENT: 1. Fillet Knife — must have a flexible blade that will hold its edge. Grip of hard material such as wood, plastic, etc. is desirable as it provides the best feel. Some filleting techniques especially require…
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Lure color is important when it comes to catching crappie. Sometimes, only one color will catch fish; other times several colors work. But sorry folks, there are no precise rules to follow.   Carry a wide variety of fishing lure colors in case the crappie aren't biting. You can try matching the fishing Lure to the color of the water. For example, lime or metallic green in greenish water, motor oil or yellow on yellowish lakes, white or blue when the water is clear. Some anglers like the contrast of bright colors in dark water and dark colors in light…
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When a violent earthquake struck the Mississippi River valley during the bitter cold winter of 1811, aftershocks rumbled throughout a 2,000-square-mile area for months. Forty-five square miles of the Mississippi's floodplain sank over 30 feet, and the river poured into the newly-formed basin, creating a lake that stretches 18 miles long by 2.5 miles wide. Despite its violent inception, northwest Tennessee's Reelfoot Lake soon became known as a place of beauty and peacefulness, a place where placid waters could provide relaxation and terrific fishing. Cypress and tupelo thrive in the shallow backwater lake. Weeds such as water lily, elephant ear…
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You don't have to be a pro to fish like one!  A great place to begin learning the basics is the Bass Pro Shops Fishing 101 guide. This site features informative articles, how-to videos, and advice on gear and tackle. Experience Bass Pro's FISHING 101 guide to tackle and fishing tips. Whether you're a beginner or a more experienced angler, having the right fishing gear makes all the difference. The Fishing 101 guide will show you what you need (and need to know) for a successful season. Helpful Features on the Page There are many helpful features on the page,…
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Crappie is one of the most sought after panfish in North America. Who doesn’t love getting into a mess of crappie and just tearing them up? Usually, you know from the second your line hits the water whether or not you’re in them, and when you’re in them, you can practically sit there all day. Whether you’re in it for a trophy slab for the wall or just a big mess to take back home and fry up, there are places around the country that offer some of the best crappie fishing you’ll ever experience Grenada Lake, Mississippi You’ll find Grenada Lake…
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Worms, crickets and other live bait will nearly always catch panfish, but if you want to catch more panfish, switch to jigs. Bug-like jigs rate as outstanding imitations and tiny is better than big when it comes to picking the most effective jigs. Jigs are the bread and butter of any panfish anglers bait box. Mini jigs can be more easily fished at the sluggish pace that sunfish prefer. These feather weight jigs snag less and can tempt fish that may not be hungry enough to bite big bait. Also, certain enticing retrieves are possible with tiny offerings that can’t…
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