Popularity of Crappie Fishing 

Angling for crappie is popular throughout much of North America. Methods vary, but among the most popular is called "Spider Rigging," a method characterized by a Crappie fisherman in a boat with many long fishing rods pointing away from the angler at various angles like spokes from a wheel.  Anglers who employ the Spider Rigging method may choose from among many popular baits. Some of the most popular are plastic jigs with lead jig heads, crankbaits or live minnows.  Many anglers also chum or dump live bait into the water to attract the fish to bite their bait. Crappies are also regularly targeted and caught during the spawning period by fly fishermen, and can be taken from frozen ponds and lakes in winter by ice fishing.

Crappie are a schooling fish and will also school with other types of pan fish. They prefer underwater structures like fallen trees, weed bends and other structures that might be submerged. Generally during the day crappie tend to stay deep under water and only move to shore when feeding, mostly at dawn or dusk. However, during their spawning period they can be found in shallow water in large concentrations. They do not go into any semi-hibernation during the winter, making them a prime target of anglers that are ice fishing. Crappies, both black and white can have color variance that is affected by their habitat, age and the colors of the local breeding population.

About the Author:

Ron StallingsRon Stallings works at TTI-Blakemore/Red Eagle Technologies as a sales manager for the hunting division. He also helps in the design of lures and packaging for the fishing division.