Making the Most out of your Fall Crappie Fishing Trips

The Western Kentucky Region will be getting slammed by a sudden cold front in the upcoming days.

With this in mind, you can be certain that the Crappie population in this regions' water sources will be beefing up for the winter season.

Are you ready? Are you sure? WK Outdoors has a few good tips to make sure that your yearly Crappie trip won't turn out to be a yearly CRAPPY trip.
First, keep in mind that location is key. During this time of year, the majority of the Crappie will be hanging out in deeper water, and usually near some form of brush. If there is a tree fallen into the water, you can bet there will be Crappie amidst all the limbs. Always look for some form of underwater structures when Fall fishing for Crappie. Of course, you will likely lose a few hooks/lures by snags in the foliage, but when compared to the higher number of Crappie you would catch than in the open water, it’s well worth it. Just be sure to take plenty of extra hooks/lures with you. 

Next, make sure you are using the right bait. Of course, the real deal is always your best bet. Lures work, and sometimes work very well, but a Crappie's main form of food is a minnow. You’ll want to use a bobber, and again, remember to go kind of deep with it. If you choose to use a lure, your best bet is one that is small and resembles a minnow. Other lures work, but your best bet is always the natural bait.

If you do choose to use a lure, jigging is your best bet. Find some deep water near the bank, with foliage in it, and preferably with an overhanging tree above it. Drop your lure down to near the bottom, or at least halfway down, and bounce the lure around. Try your best to make it look like the swimming movement of a real live minnow.

This cold front moving into the area will be the ultimate kick-off of Crappie season. Take some time out during the next week and fill that freezer up.

J.L. Graham
WK Outdoors