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Gabby’s fishing fever

Crappie are becoming more active

I guess most of you have noticed the cooler nights lately. This change in the weather also starts to bring about a small change in crappie fishing.

Crappie have spent most of the hot summer time in deeper cooler water, but as the weather turns cooler they will slowly start moving to more shallow water. This is a time that if you are in the right spot at the right time you could have a good trip. The best time to fish for crappie right now is at night. The crappie will use the cover of darkness to move up shallow to hold on cover and to feed.

The nights are cool, so be sure to take something hot to drink and a coat to wear. But if the crappie are hitting you can stay warm by reeling them in. The best spot to fish for crappie in shallow water at night is around wood cover in the four- to eight-foot depth range. As far as which bait to use, it is hard to beat the old faithful minnow. Also you can use small curly tail grubs or small tube baits.

Good colors to use include white, chartreuse, salt and pepper color or a combination of these colors. A medium light action rod and spinning reel combination with six- to ten-pound test line will cover most fishing situations.

I have had several reports from Kentucky and Tennessee lakes about good crappie fishing recently. Most reports are of good numbers and good size crappie being caught. Most of the reports are from folks fishing with minnows at night in shallow wood cover.

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