Whitesburg KY

Gabby’s fishing fever

Catching crappie in early spring

The blooming of dogwood trees is one of the first signs that it is time to start crappie fishing in shallower water.

The shallow water areas are starting to warm up into the mid 50’s. This will move the crappie toward the shallow parts of the lake to feed. The schools of shad and bait fish will also move more shallow, and the game fish like crappie and bass will follow.

Anytime you see a active school of bait fish in shallow water, bass and crappie will not be far away. Look for any type of surface activity like bass feeding or birds in a small area feeding on bait fish. These are all signs of feeding fish and a good general area to start your fishing.

As always, crappie will hold close to or around some form of cover. This is the case in both shallow and deeper water. Crappie like to hide in some form of cover and wait for minnows to come by to feed on. Crappie on most lakes prefer some type of wood cover but will also use other forms of cover like rocks or ledges and cliff lines, also weed beds and any type of weed growth. Crappie also love to hang out around boat docks and any type of cover from junk on the bottom and around bridges to around brush and tree limbs in the water. All these types of areas will hold crappie.

Once you find a spot you want to fish, look on a fish finder or decide how deep you want to fish and set your bobber to the depth. Or you can fish with out a bobber and just fish a down line and watch your line for any movement.

Bait selection for crappie is pretty basic. Live bait is the choice of most fishermen. A minnow is hard to beat day or night. As for artifi cial bait, you can use a tube bait or a curly tail grub or even a small crank bait made just for crappie.

Crappie fishing is very popular. There are even fishing boats set up for and named after the sport of crappie fishing.

As for tackle for crappie fishing, a light medium action rod in the six-foot range with some backbone and a limber tip will work well. Line in the 6- to 8-pound test range will work in most cases.

So just look for areas with cover and fish close to the areas with these baits and enjoy the great sport of crappie fishing.

You can e-mail me at gabbysfi shingfever@yahoo.com.

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