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 but most will more likely extend to the 10 foot range. Weeds providing a defined edge act as any other structure edge. Fish will relate to it whether they are next to bottom or suspended up at some depth. Small indentions or other “something different” areas should be fished.

Casting is a top pick for targeting weedbed crappie. A straight jig or a slip-cork minnow rig can be used for successful presentations.