How to Catch Crappie in the Summer

Crappies are regarded as a fish of spring, and when the red-hot period for spawning comes to an end, so does their search for this delicious game fish. However, crappie angling may be pursued all summer by those who know where to seek.
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Crappies move to deeper water after spawning. They’re more difficult to spot, but following a few simple guidelines can help you find them and enhance your chances of catching some good summer crappie action.

Tips for Summer Crappie Fishing

Watch the Sun

As the day advances, the sun will progressively heat the lake water, and you’ll need to work in the shade for a few degrees of difference.

Look for crappies on the shady sides of channel ledges at dawn and go to the brighter, west-side ledges closer to sunset. Crappies are generally found in the 18 to 20-foot range throughout the day.

Many fish will hide out on ledges, while shad schools followers can be well off the bottom and away from the edge.

Troll With Multiple Lines

Since the thermocline varies somewhat from day to day, and since crappie can school just above or below it, you should always run more than one line.

Spider rigging is a summer staple in crappie fishing, particularly when the weather gets hot. It has several benefits when the temperature rises, not least of which is the capacity to work at different depths and colors simultaneously.

To figure out where the crappies are and what they’re eating, it’s critical to change your depth as well as the colors and lures you offer.

Whether you’re using two or eight rods, the goal is the same: work your terminal tackle at a range of depths until you start catching fish.

Alternatively, Work One Rod Right

Some pro anglers, on the other hand, appear to enjoy it.

You may use a single crappie rod and bait to fish. When the fish bite really softly, give it a try with only one pole in hand. You may not even feel the nip at times. Just keep your eyes peeled for any line movement. It might just go limp or something else inconspicuous happen.

It’s a good plan when the crappie are stressed with the heat. Place little jigs along ledges, allowing them to fall gradually into deeper water.

If you do this, the water column may flow through the thermocline, attempting to entice a bite as the jig wriggles around and past a school of fish.

Choose Your Colors Correctly

It’s best to work the thermocline, which means fishing deeper. Color choice, as everyone understands, may make a significant difference between catching and fishing.

Water Colors Matter – Crappie can see well in clear water, so you must pick realistic hues. While bright colors may still attract a bite, subdued hues and natural tones are the best choice, as well as lures that closely resemble typical food items.

But when the water is murky or stained, brighter colors are the key to triggering a predatory response.

Colors Fade The Deeper You Go – The deeper a lure sinks, the more color is absorbed by the water and how it is seen. Red fades first, followed by orange, yellow, green, and blue.

Look for a Cover

Crappies spend the bulk of the summer in or near watery cover, and wood is their preferred kind of shelter-standing dead trees, submerged shrubs, or even piers are all good choices. They cling to concealments tightly, so you must approach baits right up to the border or within it.

Change Your Baits

During the spring, a jig tipped with a minnow is often the preferred bait for crappies, but in the summer, different baits are required.

Try small crankbaits, Lindy Rigs, and tube baits, as well as jigs. Changing the speed or direction of the bait suddenly is frequently successful in attracting a strike.

Remember to work the bait slowly, because crappies are notorious for being sluggish in taking a bait when it’s hot out.

The good news, any bait is acceptable for crappie to eat in the Summer such as zooplankton, minnows, shiners, young bass and trout.

Work Up

Another excellent strategy for summer crappies is to drop your bait below the school and then bring it up toward the fish. Then let it fall down once more. This movement may frequently entice the fish to take a bait.

The process of catching crappies is considerably more time-consuming than that of fishing for the spawn, but excellent crappie action can be found all summer long for those who are willing to put in a little extra effort.

Fishing Crappie In Deep Water

Shallow lures are used in timber along fence rows and tree lines on the main lake or creek channel, with long poles and slip-bobbers.

Crappies can be found throughout the year, depending on where you live. You can usually find these fish less than 10 feet deep, although they are occasionally seen at 2 feet depth. To discover the magic depth at which the crappie are holding, use the slip-bobber method by adjusting your bobber up or down.

Number 2 or 4 hooks and pinch on a pair of number 5 split shots about 2 to 3 inches above the hook, depending on how large you want your jigs to be. To keep the weight close to the minnow, restrict its movement by keeping it near the ground.

Final Thoughts

In hot weather, crappie are known to swim slower, so be careful not to cast your bait too rapidly. They won’t be interested if you cast it too quickly because they will not want to ‘chase’ it.

In the scorching heat, you may catch crappie if you are prepared and eager to put in a little additional effort. You just have to do your homework, be patient, and commit yourself to locating where they can seek shelter from the heat.

Some of this is going to be determined by the lake or river you’re fishing in. However, crappie will usually hide near trees, docks, dead trees, and submerged bushes.