Any experienced Crappie angler knows that in order to develop an effective crappie fishing technique and become successful at this sport (or as some call it, religion) you must go through some trial and error. You simply must determine what works best for you. If you are fishing basically the same areas, it is much easier. If you fish new territory often, it is important to consider seeking advice from locals.
Perhaps one of the most important facets of trial and error is establishing a set of criteria, determining what you know to be true of a particular area at a particular time of year, and applying these facts in an organized manner to determine what works best for you.
As was mentioned previously, one of your best resources when it comes to crappie fishing is experienced locals. Anglers really have more to share than stories about the one that got away, and luckily, most of them are eager to share what they know with those of us eager to learn from their expertise.
Some things it is always beneficial to know are:
* What type of cover is being utilized by the crappie in your area?
* Do the fish bite better late in the day or early in the day?
* How deep should you fish to maximize your catch potential?
* Are the crappie biting better with jigs or minnows?
* What type of jigs are getting more hits?
In both the winter and the summer, crappies tend to move into deeper water, and this makes them harder to locate. Use trolling motors to fish multiple depths until you are able to find the fish. In the spring crappie tend to be most abundant in cover located near the shore. In the autumn, you may find a combination of deep and shallow fishing technique must be utilized.
The bottom line is that you really must systematically determine what works best in what areas, taking into consideration the time of year and bedding habits of the crappie in your target areas, and nothing takes the place of trial and error.
Crappie tend to have tender, fragile mouths. For this reason, fishing from bridges or other high structures is rarely productive. When fishing for Crappie, you simply can not set the hook like you would when fishing for bass, catfish, or other types of fish. Always remember to set the hook gently.
It is commonly accepted that it is best to simply keep the slack out of your line, reel slowly, and gently raise the fish into the boat or net it. It is also commonly accepted as truth that while you might fish for catfish, for example, bobberless, it is much more difficult to feel the hit of a crappie on your line.
For this reason, most experienced crappie fishermen use bobbers. It makes it much more easy to fish at the depth you choose, and makes it much, much easier to visually notice when you have a hit on your line.
If, in spite of this, you want to fish bobberless, you really have to watch closely. Often the only noticeable effect on your line will be a twitch, brief tightening, or loosening of your line to let you know you have a bite.
Loch Awe is well known across the country for its excellent pike and trout fishing and, more particularly for the size of the fish caught. The biggest brown trout in Britain, weighing in at 31lb 12oz, was caught in Loch Awe in 2002. All kinds of fishermen come to Loch Awe and they fish in different ways. Wet fly fishing is popular, but so too is worm and spinning with a lure. You won’t need to tell your pals about the one that got away.
We are delighted to offer all our guests a free Brown Trout Fishing and fly-fishing taster – your chance to try out a great new hobby like as Fishing Trips Scotland and Fishing Scotland . Our local expert will give you a special introduction to this fascinating sport.
If you get “hooked”, you can take advantage of a follow-on half-day coaching session, putting your new-found skills into practice from the boat. For more in-depth tuition, there is also the option of a two-day course covering the basics of fly fishing, including casting from the bank and the boat.
Willie Cameron is an important figure in everything to do with fishing around Dalavich. He is the LAIA warden for the north side of Loch Awe and also for Loch Avich and his love of the sport is infectious.
Willie was brought up in rural Perthshire where his forebears had a great love of fishing which has been handed down through the generations.
Willie’s other great love is music. At the age of 18 he learned to play the guitar, having previously been introduced to the accordion at the tender age of 12. His musical talent led him to playing in various bands including the Grampian Television Band in Aberdeen and the Jim Muir Band in Dunblane and eventually on the Canberra of the P&O cruise line.
Ill health forced Willie to retire from his building business several years ago, but after a successful heart operation he has become more involved in voluntary work. As well as promoting fishing and music in the area, his involvement with the World Burns Federation has taken him as far afield as Moscow and recently at the Old School he set up a musical evening for a group of Italians who wanted to see how a “real” Scotsman addresses the haggis.
Willie has kindly agreed to give all the visitors to the Old School a one hour starter session on fly fishing or bait fishing and more experienced fishermen may want to seek his advice on where and when are the best places to fish. Time permitting it might even be possible to join Willie for an evening’s fishing and to enjoy his company and wit and discover just what a raconteur he is.
A fishing expedition with Willie will not be quickly forgotten.
A special Hill Loch fishing license is available for fishing several lochs between Dalavich and Kilmelford. Willy will be happy to supply all the details.
At The Old School we also accommodate fishing club parties and Willy can be contacted by phone in advance of a stay in order to make arrangements in advance.
The Old School has raparian rights which entitles all guests to concessionary fishing permits
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You may have heard that spring crappie fishing is one of the easiest types of fishing you can ever do. However, in reality it can be rather frustrating if you don’t know a few good techniques that can help you continue catching crappie after the initial spawning days are over. The first thing that you need to do is understand that this is a busy time for crappie and so they are moving around a lot. Therefore, you have to be willing to move around as well.
The fish will be in the deeper water at the start of this season and they will slowly begin to work their way to the more shallow water as spring begins to set in and the water starts to warm up. They are in search of places to spawn. When summer starts they will be headed back out to the deeper water. Knowing this information will help you figure out where the best places to fish for crappie will be.
When the weather conditions are not very favorable for the crappie you need to make it easy for them to catch the bait you are presenting to them. An example of this time would be early spring when it has been warm for a few days and then a sudden cold front moves in. This will startle the fish and they will try to return to the deeper water for comfort. It will also make them slower to bite. Therefore, if you use a technique that makes it easy for them to catch the bait during this confusing time you will catch more crappie.
One technique that seems to work really good during this time of year is called “bumping bottom” and you use a dropper rig to accomplish this technique. The way it works is by presenting the minnow to the crappie vertically with a dropper rig. Of course, to do this type of fishing you need to know where the fish are hiding out in the deep water. They will be found in ledges, rocks, stumps and similar areas.
You must present the bait by bumping it on the bottom in these locations or allowing it to hover around the openings. The best method to use is a 1/2 ounce bell sinker tied to the end of the swivel to prevent the line from twisting and a minnow will work great for the bait. It does require calm weather conditions to perform this technique or the line will be moving too fast for you to have any success.
Another technique that will require practice is leaning the difference between the fish biting and the bait brushing up against something. The reason this is so difficult is because the crappie has such a soft bite. You may get a little frustrated at first but remember with time and practice you will learn the difference.
Trolling is another crappie technique that you will find very useful for spring crappie fishing. With this technique you will align several rods in a row with the same type of line and bait on each one. Be consistent and patient and you can catch a lot of fish with this method. However, you do need to check the regulations for trolling for each lake before going out because the rules for each one may vary.
A technique that combines trolling and “bumping bottom” together is called “pushing” and it is good for catching spring crappie when they are located in the shallow water. It is a very simple technique that is accomplished by using live bait. All you need to get started are a few rods with lightweight reels positioned off the edge of the boat. Add a bell sinker and a couple hooks about a foot apart and you are ready to start fishing.
It is the best method found to get the bait in positions where the biggest fish can get to it. It allows you to put the bait right where you want it and keep it there until the crappie become interested. Remember, you must always move very slowly to use this technique correctly or you will not get the response you are hoping for.