You are starting to see more and more boats on the lakes at night.
There are several reasons for this. One is to beat the heat and fish during the cooler time of the day. Several fish like the bass and crappie can be more active after dark. The lake is much calmer and the crappie are not as spooky and will move to more shallow water areas and will be more active.
Some anglers, myself included, just prefer to night fish. This is just a more peaceful, laid back time and way to fish. A lot of crappie anglers do most of their crappie fishing at night.
During nighttime or very low light conditions, crappie will move to shallow wood, weed or rock cover and hold and feed. When crappie are in this types of areas the action can get real good.
Look for these types of areas of shallow water in the six- to eight-foot range and watch your fishfinder for any signs of cover or the edge of a drop off into deeper water. All of these are good places to start fishing. Most lakes will have some type of wood or weedbed cover for crappie to hold on, but some lakes do not have much natural wood cover.
Crappie will relate to or hold around some form of a drop off or a change in the bottom contour like on the edge of a channel drop or where a flat drops off into deeper water. Some lakes have a lot of rock cover like humps, islands, long rocky spines and bluff walls. All these can hold crappie at times, and are all worth checking out when you are night fishing for crappie.
Once you settle on a spot to fish, put out some type of light to draw the minnows in the lake around the boat and then fish down through them just above the cover. Crappies’ eyes are located on the upper part of the head and crappie will always look up for food.
You can use minnows or a small tube bait or curly tail grubs, which all work well. Slowly move the bait in an up-and-down pumping action to draw a strike. Fish each location long enough to check out for any active crappie, then move to a new spot.
This can be a very fun and exciting way to fish.
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