This is a good time to get out and fish for crappie. I have received several reports about good crappie fishing from many area lakes and from some Tennessee lakes.
Recently, it has been a great time to get out on the water. After a predicted cold spell during the middle of this week, temperatures were expected to return to “just right” by Friday — not too warm or too cold, just mild weather and good fishing.
Fall and spring are prime times to crappie fish. Even though crappie will remain active during most of the winter months they still will feed heavy during the late fall and early winter season, and this can make fishing very good at times.
Crappie will hold on a lot of different areas and at a lot of different depths right now. Some of the best areas include any type of wood cover, rocky banks, cliff and bluff banks, and even weed beds.
Fall crappie will follow the large schools of shad around and feed on them, so look for any sign of baitfish breaking the water and work that area. Bait selection is pretty basic — a live minnow or a small tube bait or curly tail jig will cover most all situations.
Slowly drop your bait into the cover and watch your line or float. If you see of feel anything give your pole a jerk up.
If you have not tried this fishing you do not know what you’re missing.