It finally looks and feels like spring. I noticed some of the dogwood trees budding out and that is a sure sign of one thing: It is time to start crappie fishing.
A time of year anglers really look forward to each spring is when crappie start moving toward shallow water to feed. This is also a great time to take a young person or someone new to fishing out on the lake because the crappie will be active and easy to catch for a few weeks.
There are a few things you can do to make your trip more productive — one is picking a good spot to fish. This is one time of the year that you can do very good fishing off the bank.
Look for areas close to the mouths of creeks and big hollows and coves. Crappie like to hold in these types of areas and if there is some type of wood, weed or rock cover, then it makes it even better.
Crappie will follow minnows and bait fish schools into the shallow water areas. Sometimes you can see the schools of baitfish breaking the surface; this is a sign of feeding fish and a good area to start fishing.
You can use a small minnow with or without a floater. Change the depth of the floater till you find the most active depth. Or if you would rather use artificial bait, give a small tube bait or curly tail grub a try. Fish these on light line on a light action rod.
This is a time of year you can catch a large number of crappie, so be sure to release all undersized fish. This will ensure good crappie fishing for the next generation.