Opening Cast

So, how can I become a professional fisherman!? What does it take? These are two of the many questions I get when I meet people wanting to earn this status. Most fishermen just want to fish. But a pro...

Advanced Seasonal Structure: Mid-Depth Wood

by Tim Huffman Perfect is not a good word to use when discussing fishing, but mid-depth stumps, brush and beds are as close to perfect as a fisherman can get. Why? Because middle depths are easy to fish, the fish aren’t...

Crappie Boat Rigging – Pulling Racks and Electronics Install

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CakNSxoex8

Crappie Basics 163: Oxbow Lakes

Everyone knows that oxbow lakes can be good fishing in the spring. However, early summer offers good post-spawn fishing before the water gets etremely hot. Look for the outside bends in an oxbow lake. It’s usually a little deeper and...

Hang Gliding to Crappie Summer Success

Story & photos by Darl Black Ken Smith of Sharon, Pennsylvania is as hardcore a crappie angler as they come!  Having started fishing for crappies when just a youngster, Ken now devotes all his leisure time in pursuit of his...

Crappie Gear: Road Runner

Jimmy Houston started catching crappie on Road Runners about the time the Pyramids were built. Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but the bait was designed in 1958 making it a long-time catcher of multiple species. Houston says, “Fish is slowly...

BnM How To Tip Fish Cypress Trees Lake D’Arbonne with Josh Gowan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMFhwkPHKQU

It’s Time to Long Line

By Ron Wong With the majority of the spawning done, and water is warming up for this year, the crappie are on the move to their summer haunts.  They will be moving to summer areas where they will be comfortable...

Crappie Boat Rigging – Stalker Rod Holder Installs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drd1a_FkE44

Crappie Basics 164: Northern Weeds

Northern lakes are known for their weedbed crappie. The beds are usually a combination of weeds and grass that provides excellent cover for the crappie along with a good food supply. Clear water lakes have weeds out 15 feet...

Crappie Gear: The Original RodSox

Poles are an investment. One of the best ways to protect and organize is with RodSox. A unique feature is a snag proof, hook resistant rubber mouth, making loading and unloading your rods quick and easy. Ann Parker, Vice President,...

Stir-Fried Crappie and Sauces

You don’t need a wok to stir-fry fish. A heavy skillet that holds the heat will work just fine. Now let’s wok up some fish flesh.   1 pound crappie fillets 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 1/2 cups celery cut diagonally 1 green pepper...

Tip of the Month: June Water Temperatures

            Kyle Stoffel, competitor in the Crappie Masters Alabama River tournament in May, says, “June crappie are very dependent upon water temperature. They’ll likely start in middle depths but migrate to deeper water as the water warms. “Where you fish...

Crappie Basics 165: Choose the Right Rod

A carpenter needs the proper saws and power hammers. Tools of the trade are important. The same goes for a fisherman. Fishermen differ on which rod is best for casting to crappie. A 5.5- or 6.0-foot ultra-light offers forgiving bend...

Photo Contest June 2018