Opening Cast

The crazy winter that stuck around too long has finally given way to warmer weather and periods of really good fishing across the south and middle state regions. Fishing has been up and down due to fronts and changing...

Advanced Seasonal Structure: Lily Pads

Lily pads are a hiding place for many species of fish, including crappie. Try shaking a lily pad and you'll see why. Many insects and organisms will fall into the water. Anything will feed on these but more importantly,...

Tip of the Month: Quiet Air Lines

By Charles Bunting "I run a 1/4-inch air line from the front of the boat to the back. I have a Mr. Bubblers in the back of the boat wired to my big battery. I have a switch to...

Crappie NOW How To Crappie Tournaments

   

Golden Words About Crappie

By Keith Sutton Since I was a young boy, I have loved books. It is quite natural that this is so, for my mother was a librarian. Every day she brought home a new book for me to read. This...

Q&A What type knot do you use and why?

Kyle Schoenherr, Illinios. "I tie a loop knot especially with double-jig rigs. This allows me to cut the bottom hook off when in shallow water. I don't have to retie everything. Then all I have to do is go...

Crappie Basics 96: Truman Lake…Now

Crappie can be all over the place in May. Most of the fish are likely to be in 14 to 16 feet of water suspended up at 6 to 8 feet deep. It water doesn't get too hot they'll...

What I learned at Crappie Camp

By Darl Black I've been going crappie fishing each spring for 60 years. But I've learned more about crappie fishing in the past 15 years than I did in the first 45 years.My earliest days of crappie fishing were...

Crappie Basics 97: Basic Pre-Trip Info

Sometimes the simplest things are overlooked. For example, if you head to a new lake or haven't been to your home lake in a while, take time to get information before you go. Find out if the crappie are...

Crappie NOW How to Adjust to Conditions in the Spring

   

Rigging a Crappie Boat- Poles & Talons on Aluminum Boats

By Ron Presley This underwater shot shows Drift Paddles deployed. Changing the angle and depth of the paddles results in varying degrees of drag and speed reduction. Aluminum boats have always been popular among crappie anglers if for no other reason...

Crappie with Rice Stuffing

By Vernon Summerlin I'm originally from L.A. (old joke about Lower Alabama). During my L.A. fishing days from the 40s to 60s, I didn't know many fish species because I just fished farm ponds. I knew green trout (largemouth bass),...

2015 Crappie Calendar

(Fishermen, check with club/association for exact dates, changes, cancellations and rules.)MAY 1-2 CRAPPIE MASTERS KENTUCKY/BARKLEY LAKES STATE CHAMPOINSHIPMAY 2 CRAPPIE USA CAVE RUN LAKE-MOREHEAD, KY CLUBMAY 2 INDIANNA SLAB FREEMAN/SHAFER CLUBMAY 2 EASTERN BUCKEYE SENECA DAM RAMP CLUBMAY 8-9...

Tournament Results

MAGNOLIAMARCH 21 GRANADA1. Hugh Krutz/Steve Stevenson 18.192. Tim Blakely/Jack Wells 17.393. Steve Marquis/Troy Garrett 17.19CAT TEXASMarch 21DIVISION 1 Livingston1. AJ Matura/Carolyn Matura 5.562. Max Jordan/Kenneth Gaby 5.043. Ralph Lane/Johnny Boyd 3774. JayDon Reeve/Rhonda Reeve 3.335. Ron Conaster/Richard Bailey 1.73BIG...

Photo Contest May 2015