Opening Cast

I have been fishing and traveling most of March and April. Wow…what a weather roller coaster ride it has been. Consistency, size and the locations of fish were affected. Fishing at Lake Darbonne, Louisiana was anything but normal. So was...

Advanced Seasonal Structure Spring Brush Crappie

By Tim Huffman BRUSH. Early spring fishing, brush and the spawn go together; always have and always will. Crappie are big and active. What’s great for the crappie fisherman is the aggressiveness of fish to hit a bait during this...

D’Arbonne Lake, Louisiana

D’Arbonne Lake has two main river channels that allow a fisherman to run way up into the far reaches of the creeks. The main lake has so many options it’s difficult to mention them all. There are a few...

Q&A: What’s a great fishing tip for May?

Dan Hudgens, MO, says, “At Kentucky Lake it will be post-spawn so fish will be scattered and suspended. They are hard to catch. However, if you move jigs fast or use cankbaits they will bite. Speed, color and depth...

Crappie Basics 111: Locator Upgrade

“Why is it important to upgrade your electronics? Your depthfinder is like a computer at home. Upgrading provides software updates and new features that lead to better performance. Keeping your unit current gives you maximum performance.” “Go to Humminbird.com with...

The Best of Times

By Ron Presley Year Around Crappie on Santee Cooper Southern anglers have a right to get excited about spring crappie fishing. Great fishing expectations begin early in Florida and work their way north into the southern reaches of the nation. Anglers...

Crappie Basics 112: Move Fast, Cover Water

“The fish are post-spawn so they move out away from structure and suspend up in the water. We pull for them fast with jigs at 0.8 mph or with crankbaits at 1.5 mph. It’s important to cover a lot...

Crappie NOW How To – Spawning Crappie

BnM How To Tip Kevin Jones

Fishing Funny’s

Late Spring Presentations for Northern Crappies

Story & photos by Darl Black During the latter part of spring in northern states – May through early June – crappies will be found in relatively shallow water of lakes as this species moves through the various stages of...

Tip of the Month: Pulling Crankbaits

By Warren Cotton May crappie in the Mississippi reservoirs will be out in deeper water. We’ll be pulling crankbaits. Fast pulling crankbaits is usually best by targeting creek channels, bends and along the channel. Water depths are usually 15 to 16...

Crappie au Gratin Casserole & Fish Sauces

Vernon Summerlin             Last month I ran out of space before I could offer you this au gratin casserole dish. You can use catfish, bass, striper or any freshwater fish you like, even trout, but a firm flesh holds together...

Tournament Results

WAPPAPELLO MARCH 19th SLABBER DAVES 1. David Tropf/Edwin Younger 17.2 2. Chris Channell/Billy Fowler 13.35 BIG FISH 1. Joe Quilling 1.92 2. David Trof/Edwin Younger 1.7 WEST ALABAMA MARCH 19th TOMBIGBEE RIVER 1. Fields/Fields 10.34 2. Thomas/Freeman 10.2 3. Humber/Humber 9.55 4. Jessie/Nonna 9.03 CAROLINA MARCH 20th WYLIE 1. McClellan/Newsome 21.27 2. Huffstetler/Koon 20.16 3. Quan/Grimm 19.56 4. Potts/Shore 18.93 5. Duke Manus 18.42 BIG FISH 1. Duke/Manus 1.98 CRAPPIE MASTERS MARCH 25th - 26th GRENADA LAKE 1. David Cox/Steve Hockett 35.05 2....

2016 Crappie Calendar

MAY 1st CENTRAL OHIO DEER CREEK LAKE CLUB MAY 7th MIDDLE TENNESSEE WOODS RESERVOIR WILDCAT MAY 7th CRAPPIE MASTERS REND LAKE NATIONAL QUALIFIER MAY 7th SPRINGFIELD LAKE SPRINGFIELD OPEN MAY 7th CRAPPIE USA MISSISSINEWA/SALAMONIE CLUB MAY 8th GRAND LAKES GRAND LAKE CLUB MAY 13th-14th CRAPPIE MASTERS KENTUCKY/BARCLEY LAKES KY/TN CHAMPOINSHIP MAY 14th CENTRAL OHIO HOOVER RESERVOIR A/Y OPEN MAY 14th CENTRAL ARKANSAS PECKERWOOD LAKE/LAKE DES ARC CLUB MAY 14th CRAPPIE USA PATOKA LAKE CLUB MAY 14th NORTHEAST OHIO PYMATUNING CLUB MAY 14th MAGNOLIA ENID LAKE CLUB MAY 15th SPRINGFIELD LAKE SHELBYVILLE CLUB MAY 21ST CRAPPIE USA LAKE SHELBYVILLE CLUB MAY 21st NORTHEAST OHIO BERLIN LAKE CLUB MAY 21st INDIANNA MONROE CLUB MAY 21st EASTERN MISSOURI MARK TWAIN LAKE ADULT/YOUTH MAY 21Sst CAT TEXAS RAY ROBERTS CLUB MAY 21st CRAPPIE MASTERS BIG CRAPPIE...