I know the excitement that comes with the start of spring. The weather is warming up, the trees are blooming, and the fish are biting. And if you’re looking for a fishing adventure that will get your heart racing, then early spring crappie fishing is the way to go.
Crappie fishing during the early spring months is an experience like no other. These fish are known for their aggressive behavior during this time, making them more likely to bite. And trust me, there’s nothing quite like feeling that tug on your line and reeling in big crappie.
But catching these fish during the early spring requires a bit of strategy. Here are a few tips to help you have a successful fishing trip:
Find the Right Spots
As the water thaw in late winter and early spring, crappie fishing becomes more productive. While crappie fishing through the ice is fun, nothing beats open water to allow a fisherman to move around more quickly and locate the fish. If you are an ice fisherman, the last place that you were catching crappie through the ice is an ideal place to start your early spring crappie fishing efforts.
Early spring often means very cold water, and crappie will generally be found in deep water. Minnows fished deep will often be productive just after the ice leaves. As the warming sun of spring starts to raise the water temperature, start focusing your crappie fishing into the shallows where warmer water can be found.
Early spring fishing generally means following the sun throughout the day to find warm water. Early spring also gives a chance for those who do not enjoy getting up early to hit the best fishing, as it will often be in the middle of the day and not in daylight.
Fishermen should look for shallow areas where the sun will warm and areas where warmer water from streams and other sources comes into the larger body of water. Once spring gets a good start and the hatch begins, smaller fish will move to the shallow areas near shore to feast on the insects. The crappie will also follow the small fish that they prey upon.
Use the Right Bait
Bait fishing will still work once the crappie moves into the shallows, but the crappie will become more aggressive and hit moving lures better. Using a lure, the fisherman can work different water areas and find the crappie faster than a minnow. Jigs, small crankbaits, and similar lures are great for targeting crappie and filling out a stringer. Having a second pole at the ready-to-throw-out bait once the crappie is located can provide for some exciting two-pole action.
The most important step to catch early spring crappie is to get out on the water. Waiting for perfect conditions and staying on the couch is a sure way to catch nothing. Get out on the water and try and find what works best for you!
Early spring crappie fishing can be hit or miss, so it’s important to have patience. Keep trying different spots and techniques until you find what works.
But why should you give early spring crappie fishing a try? For one, it’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and breathe fresh spring air. It’s also a chance to connect with nature and spend time with friends or family who share your love of fishing.
But perhaps the biggest reason to try early spring crappie fishing is the thrill of the catch. These fish are known for their delicious taste, making them a popular angler choice. And catching big crappie during the early spring is an accomplishment you’ll remember for years.
So, if you’re ready for an adventure this spring, grab your fishing gear and head out to the water. With the right techniques and a little luck, you might just catch the biggest crappie of your life.