In the summer months crappie will move from warm, shallow water to the deeper, cooler water.
The warmer, shallow water has less oxygen than the cooler, deeper water. This low oxygen water will stress crappie and will cause it to not be as active.
Most crappie are more active in low-light conditions. Peak activity for feeding for crappie is during nighttime and early and late in the day. Crappie in deeper water are less affected by things like water temperatures, light penetration in the water, fishing pressure, weather changes and low-oxygen levels. This is why I always believe the best fishing for summertime crappie is in deeper water.
When I say deeper water this could be anywhere from 20 feet deep to more than 40 feet deep, according to how deep the lake is that you are fishing.
In some lakes that have a stained color most of the time, crappie will hold more shallow and in very clear lakes, crappie will hold on deeper cover. Crappie will use diff erent types of cover to hold on like brush piles, standing timber, stump rows and boat docks and man-made cover. Look for these areas on your fish finder.
Fish over top of the cover fishing a few feet. Crappie have their eyes located toward the top of their heads and this will cause them to look more upward to feed.
Minnows are always a good bait for shallow or deep crappie. Also, small colored crappie jigs fished with a slow up-and-down pumping action will draw strikes from active crappie. Try diff erent baits and colors and depths till you find the most active crappie.
Crappie in a lot of lakes can grow to good size fish with some over two or three pounds. There is a white crappie like we have in most of our area lakes and the black crappie like in the Tennessee lakes.
A crappie is one of the most fun fish to catch and one of the best tasting fish you will ever eat.
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