Catch more Crappie as weather warms

By Don Ingram
   April is still a month with varying weather conditions.
   Watch the weather and pick and choose the best days to search for Crappie.
   The best days are the ones where the weather has been above 65 degrees for 4 or 5 straight days. The consistent weather conditions will have allowed the fish positioned on the edge of the channels to slowly start moving toward the cover in the shallower areas.
   Look for treetops, stumps and brush piles on the flats close to the old river and creek channels. Crappie will position on the cover closest to the channels when they first start moving from the winter holding areas.
   The longer the temperatures remain warm, the further the fish will move from the river and creek channels. The best areas to look for are areas with cover adjacent to a huge flat.
   Because Crappie will tend to suspend more during this time of year, the best technique to use is simply a floater rigged with a small crappie jig or minnow. Once you have located an area and cover to fish, start by setting the floater at a certain depth and fish around the cover.
   I start with several rods with floaters rigged at different depths until I identify the depth range the majority of the crappie are holding. I use 7’0 medium action G-Loomis spinning rods rigged with 15 pound CXX P-Line and number two Mustad hooks.
   Once the depth range has been identified, concentrate on that range to maximize your time and increase your chances of catching more Crappie.
   Jig color seems to be more important in the spring than any other time of the year. Experiment with different color jigs until your determine which color produces the most bites.
   By watching the weather and following a few simple rules concerning the migration routes used by the fish, you can increase your chances of having a successful day on the water.
   The warm weather we have experienced this year simply means there will be some outstanding Crappie fishing this spring.

Don Ingram publishes an outdoor article entitled “Outdoors with Don Ingram” that is printed in various publications throughout Kentucky. He is a two-time All-American qualifier. Don has been very successful competing in tournaments in Kentucky and Tennessee. He has appeared on numerous outdoor television programs like, “Kentucky Afield,” Walmart’s “Great Outdoors,” and “Outdoors with Dave Shuffett,” aired on the Outdoor Life Network and the Outdoor Channel. Don is a Pro Staffer for the following companies: Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Shimano G-Loomis Rods, Bandit Bait Company, Prowler Soft Plastics, Mustad, Optima Batteries, Lunker Lure, and P-Line.

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