Basics 181: Channel Crappie

“The fish will be on the creek and river channels with cover being a key this time of year. Look for old logs, laydowns, brushpiles and combinations of wood I call trash where the current washes them in.

“I like 14-15 feet but everything depends upon the conditions and the water being fished. On a bright, sunny day the fish will move up in the water column with the shad so they can feed. Otherwise, the fish are tight to cover. A lot of times you have to force-feed them because they are cold and lethargic but will eat if you put a meal in front of them.” …Dan Dannenmueller, tournament fisherman, publisher of Crappie Now Magazine, sponsored by Yamaha, Ranger, Bobby Garland and others.