View Full Version : New to Crappie Fishing

05-17-2005, 04:38 PM
I'm new to crappie fishing . Started this Febuary and gone head over heals for it. In the past 20 yrs have been a die hard bass fisherman fishing tournaments and such but now have found crappie. I have been drifting and spider rigging creek channels and spawning areas since Feb. My question is where do the crappie move to after the spawn (post spawn pattern) what are some tips and techniques for this time of year. I've been reading these forums for about 4 months but just now decided to register and it seems like a bunch of good ole guys I'm looking foward to sharing ideas with yall.

05-17-2005, 05:33 PM
Welcome Boujig. You'll like it here. Lots of honest-to-goodness, low-down info available here. Step down to the Alabama board and you'll find lots of help.

05-17-2005, 07:47 PM
welcome Boujig - carefull this place is as adictive as crappie fishing itself.

05-18-2005, 12:56 AM
Great to have another Bama man here. Post spawn crappie are very sluggish and harder to induce a strike. After spawn and the water heating to the high 70s look deep. Go back out to the channel ledges. Fish the same areas you did in Febuary except more times than not you will find them suspended in 15'-30' water. Docks in deep water near deep water drops produce in the summer. You might catch them 8' down in 50' water. Speed up your troll a bit and match the hatch size.
Good luck and we are looking forward to your reports.


05-18-2005, 05:18 AM
hey Smitty i hope those Bama boy are good one of my daughters married one frome Roanoke :D . he likes to bass fish :eek:. i will have to teach hem to crappie fish ;)

David Waters
05-18-2005, 06:43 AM
Falconsmitty is right. Check the first major dropoffs. THey will stay there the rest of the year. They will be following the shad around in a couple of weeks, but know where the cover is in these depths. The fish will suspend a little shallower than they did in February.