Whitesburg KY

Gabby’s fishing fever

Finding crappie in deep water

Higher water temperatures and lower oxygen levels are making crappie seek out and move to deeper cooler water.

The crappie will look mostly for wood cover in the deeper water. Wood cover can be several forms, such as standing flooded timber, old stump rows, downed trees that have fallen unto the lake, brush piles, scrub bushes under the water, tree limbs such as willow branches hanging down in the water, and manmade fish attractors.

All of these forms of wood cover can and will hold crappie sometime during the year. In some lakes there are not a lot of wood cover for the crappie to hold. Instead the crappie will use deeper rock cover to hold. These areas include large chunk rocks, bluff and cliff lines with stairstep drop offs, scattered large rocks, steep rocky points and the edge of a rocky drop off. Learning to fish this type of cover is harder than fishing wood cover, but several lakes such as the ones in Tennessee simply do not have large amounts of wood cover.

Look for some type of edge or outside area of the cover where it drops off into deeper water and start your fishing in these type of areas. Also always, watch for shad or minnows breaking the surface or moving into a certain area. This is usually a sign of game fish in this area.

Crappie will also hold around and under boat docks in the summer, making them great places to fish this time of year. Weed beds will also hold crappie on most lakes.

After you have decided on the area you want to fish, start with a light action rod and reel spooled with clear line in the four- to eightpound test range. A spin cast or spinning reel will work best. If you want to use live bait, a minnow is the way to go. But if you prefer artificial baits, then try a small tube bait or curly tail grub or a doll fly. Fish colors such as white, chartreuse, black, or brown.

Crappie can be very color picky at times, so try different colors during your trip to see what works best. When looking for deep water cover to fish, a depth finder can be very helpful. I still feel that night fishing will produce better summer time crappie fishing, but in deeper water you can fish all day. Give deep water crappie fishing a try sometime.

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