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Finding Upper Midwest Crappie From Ice Out to Spawn

Spring and great crappie fishing are synonymous across the upper Midwest, and for very good reason. As the weather and sun angle warms the water, crappie move in from their Winter haunts showing up in the back bays, reed beds,  downed timber, brush, and other structural elements in large numbers, and concentrate in small areas readying for the spawn.

Go Fishing and Catch Big Crappie With Long-Line Trolling

Long-line trolling is one of the best ways to find and catch crappie quickly, says Brad Chappell, a Mississippi crappie guide and competitive angler. Long-lining covers water and is especially good at catching suspending crappie. Here’s a closer look at Chappell’s approach to long-line trolling.

Try These Few Tips for Targeting Crappie in the Reeds

by Pros4- 1Source's Keith Worrall


Every Spring in the upper Midwest a crappie migration begins from deep water to shallow reeds that draws in thousands of crappie anglers eager to fish and try their hand at catching a few during the spawn and for a couple weeks after.


Crappie Fishing After Dark

For many anglers, summer crappie fishing conjures up memories of the whip-poor-will's call and starlit nights. You can catch hot-weather crappie during daylight hours, especially during cloudy periods or when water is muddy. But the odds for success improve if you fish the hours between dusk and dawn. During summer, many crappie work the late shift, and crappie anglers should, too. 

Crappie Fishing Tips: How to Catch Crappie

Its strike is often so delicate, it may be hooked before you know it. Seldom will one weighing much over a pound be caught. It puts up an admirable tussle on light fishing tackle, but it's not really a hard fighter. So why is the crappie such a popular gamefish?