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    Greetings..I live and fish in South-East Louisiana. I also work the night shift for local water treatment facility which means I sleep most of the day. I have tried fishing at night over the years without major success. I am in the possession of the necessary boat and tackle along with a hydroglow light. Would anyone offer suggestions on artificial lure colors, time of night to try, moon phases, etc.

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    I like to fish during the dark of the moon. Hot pink is my go to color. Good luck
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    When we go for crappie, we troll jigs like an Northland gypsy jig with a minnow because the skirt glows that's my favorite. And to charge the jig we use a light from Venom floats. As for time off evening we start bout 7 to 8 pm because the we have the lake to ourselves and have stayed out till sun up. The next day can be tough. With the moon I know when there was a super moon the fishing was great but any time fishing is better than not going
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    Well...I'm no night time crappie expert,but I have caught a few.

    I have always done good with these tubes called scale heads. They sort of reflect light a little. And two contrasting colors help.I usually use purple and chartreuse and red and chartreuse but sure other colors work.

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    I use chromaglow chartreuse crappie nibbles. I think it helps the fish to see them and leaves a scent trail they can find too. Use them on any color jig.

    You may not want to always fish vertical right under the boat. Sometimes yes but you experiment.

    You need to look for where the baitfish are hanging out. Find them. And then try to figure out if they are moving in or out from where they are holding . But they are generally going to move during the night.

    Some nights the fish are right against the bank and shallow. Especially a bank that the wind has been blowing in too.It blows the plankton in and the baitfish go in to feed on it, crappie chase them up against the bank to catch them.

    I use a bobber that when I hit it with my head lamp set on blue or red light it pops good so I can see it and my night vision is not effected that much. I throw to the fish.

    Man I have fished many nights for catfish and snagging paddlefish. And those fish just have some triggers to determine when they feed and how long. Sometimes fishing all night they just have a period or two and that's all. I do sort of believe in the moon overhead and the moon underfoot thing. Regardless of the phase the moon exerts a force that moves the oceans,I think it does something that wildlife and fish can sense somehow.


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    Quote Originally Posted by J.M. View Post
    I like to fish during the dark of the moon. Hot pink is my go to color. Good luck
    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rink View Post
    When we go for crappie, we troll jigs like an Northland gypsy jig with a minnow because the skirt glows that's my favorite. And to charge the jig we use a light from Venom floats. As for time off evening we start bout 7 to 8 pm because the we have the lake to ourselves and have stayed out till sun up. The next day can be tough. With the moon I know when there was a super moon the fishing was great but any time fishing is better than not going
    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doggone View Post
    Well...I'm no night time crappie expert,but I have caught a few.

    I have always done good with these tubes called scale heads. They sort of reflect light a little. And two contrasting colors help.I usually use purple and chartreuse and red and chartreuse but sure other colors work.

    Scale Head Lit'l Hustler 1.5" :: Southern Pro Tackle



    I use chromaglow chartreuse crappie nibbles. I think it helps the fish to see them and leaves a scent trail they can find too. Use them on any color jig.

    You may not want to always fish vertical right under the boat. Sometimes yes but you experiment.

    You need to look for where the baitfish are hanging out. Find them. And then try to figure out if they are moving in or out from where they are holding . But they are generally going to move during the night.

    Some nights the fish are right against the bank and shallow. Especially a bank that the wind has been blowing in too.It blows the plankton in and the baitfish go in to feed on it, crappie chase them up against the bank to catch them.

    I use a bobber that when I hit it with my head lamp set on blue or red light it pops good so I can see it and my night vision is not effected that much. I throw to the fish.

    Man I have fished many nights for catfish and snagging paddlefish. And those fish just have some triggers to determine when they feed and how long. Sometimes fishing all night they just have a period or two and that's all. I do sort of believe in the moon overhead and the moon underfoot thing. Regardless of the phase the moon exerts a force that moves the oceans,I think it does something that wildlife and fish can sense somehow.


    https://www.usprimetimes.com/solunartable.html

    Thank you!

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    Take some minnows

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    Love, what more can I say
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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty View Post
    Take some minnows

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    Thank you! I might try to catch some of the indigenous species around here since shiners in South Louisiana go for 10 to 15 cents a piece (lol).Night Fishing for crappie.
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    Around here we have Threadfin & Gizzard Shad in many of our waters. They can be caught with cast nets, dip nets, and some people even rig up a weighted line with 1-3 small treble hooks & jerk them thru the Shad school circling under the lights ... then transfer them over to their regular hooks or jigs & fish with them.
    Others use a seine net and wade the local creeks for various types of "minnows" or "fry" and use them ... but, one has to be careful as to what species of fish they use, so as to not introduce an invading species into their waters, and also not to take a protected species from its natural habitat. Creek Chubs & Suckers are the species sought after. Sticklebacks, on the other hand, would be thrown out.

    And don't feel too bad about the price of minnows down there .... depending on how many you buy around here or where you buy them, the price can be much the same, or higher. They are "cheaper" by the pound (1/4lb - 1/2lb - 1lb), if you have a place that sells them that way. Bagged with oxygen blown into the bag, they will keep for many hours (kept in a cooler) ... or even several days (in a refrigerator). And of course the price per dozen minnows at a marina is likely to be even higher

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