Tips on Summer Crappie fishing
I am going to tell everyone how to catch good numbers of crappie in the summer on most lakes in the U.S. This pattern typically starts around May and lasts to November. The best water temp for this pattern is anything above 75 degrees. Some of the equipment that will be needed is first of all, a boat, a depth finder, a light action spinning rod, some 6lb line, some 1/16th or 1/8th oz jighead, and an assortment of soft plastic minnow immitating baits. Also, sometimes hooking a minnow through the lips on your jig will help in the summer when the bite slows due to the heat. You want to get on the water as soon as the sun comes up to beat the heat. Head out to a protected are and start looking off of points in 10-30' for brushpiles using your depth finder. A brushpile will look like a blob on the bottom with drippingscoming off of it (fish hanging around it). Once you find one in that depth then you want to drive over it and throw your marker bouy out behind the boat because that is where the transducer to the depth finder is located. Now use your trolling motor to come up to the marker bouy and look for the brushpile in relation to the marker so you know where it's at. Once you find out where it's at, you can get you jig and drop it down in the top of the pile and hold it still about 1' above the brush (you will feel your jig bumping into the brush). Sometimes, the fish will stack up on one side of the pile or at one specific depth. This is why it is important to experiment with defferent depths and locations on the brushpile until you find out where they are at. When the fish bites, you will feel a thump, or your line may go slack because the fish is coming up with the bait. Set the hook on the fish and reel it up. You can duplicate this pattern by finding more brushpiles and then just go from pile to piles till you find a concentration of fish. Be prepared to fill the boat with some of the best eating freshwater fish!