It is not uncommon for many fishermen to begin to pack up their fishing reels and other fishing gear as soon as fall hits. This is a mistake as crappie fishing can be extremely exciting as soon as the weather begins to cool. Many times, it can even be more productive than any other season since there are significantly less people occupying the rivers and lakes which means less noise to scare off the fish.
Crappie fishing in the fall has been discouraged by anglers due to the fact that these fish tend to scatter at this time of year making it a little more difficult to locate them. During the fall, the temperature of the water will usually even out and become the same temperature in all depths. Since the oxygen levels also increase at this time, crappie are free to linger about at any depth they choose.
Crappie fishing tips for the fall are somewhat different than you might be accustomed to for the warmer months. You will need to know which kinds of baits will work the best for this time of year. Many anglers will agree that a crappie cannot pass up a minnow. Since fall is when they will be storing up for the winter, you may want to stock up on minnows for your fall fishing.
You will always want to keep the length of your artificial lures fewer than 3 inches in length. If you would instead like to fish using live bait, stick with crayfish or worms making sure to keep them as active as possible in a cooler.
Crappie can generally be caught at any time, night or day however, the best times when they are most likely to be active themselves are usually going to be in between the late evening and early morning hours. Sometimes shining a light will lure the crappie right to you as lights also attract insects and bait fish that the fish will settle for as well.
If however, you are fishing in water that is rather clear, smaller jigs, spoons, bladebaits and crappie plugs will all get a reaction from the fish. If you want to keep it simple though, always stick with minnows and jigs. Crappie fishing in the fall isn’t as hard as it seems. All it takes is a little patience and technique.
If you happen to be fishing in a low visibility area, your best bet when choosing your fishing gear is to select lures that make a sound. The sound vibrations will travel through the water and render your fish curious.