Right now just about any crappie fishing to be done is being done at night. The daytime heat has been at record highs not seen since the 1950’s. It is not safe to be in these types of temperatures.
Thank God for the dark and for night fishing. It is much cooler and the fish are more active.
The best thing to do is to look for a deeper spot with some type of cover like wood weeds or rock. Crappie will just about always stay close to some type of cover. The deeper water will be cooler than the shallow water so crappie will use this deeper water more now.
When I say deeper water, this could be anywhere from eight feet to 20 feet deep, according to how deep the lake is. The depth at which crappie hold in summertime will vary from lake to lake. Look for anywhere the river channel runs close to or hugs the main lake bank. This will be a great spot to look for summer crappie.
Also, anywhere the bank has a sudden drop, like where a slide went into the lake or a deep side of a point or a cliff or bluff line in deeper water. All of these with some type of cover will make a good spot to night fish for crappie.
I have found that it works out well to get on the water a little while before dark and do some scouting out for a few spots to night fish. The lake takes on a whole new look after dark and it is very easy to get turned around and lost. So try to fish in areas that you can find your way back in.
Once you settle in on a spot, try to be as quiet as you can. This makes a big difference. Look on your depth finder to see around what depth the crappie are holding, and try to fish about a foot above the fish if you can. The eyes on a crappie are located toward the top of the head and the fish will look upward to feed so keeping your bait above the crappie will help you some.
It is hard to beat a small minnow for crappie. Work the bait in and around the cover and keep an eye on your line or floater. Most of the time a crappie will slowly pull or swim with a bait.
When you see the bait move off, you can set the hook with a snapping action. If you prefer artificial baits, a small tube bait or curly tail grub will work well. Fish the bait with a slow up-and-down action, watching your line for a jerk or pull.
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