Crappie Basics 175: Look for the Birds   

Crappie Masters tournament angler, Chris Dudgeon, says the fall fishing can be great and it’s not too difficult to find action.

“The key to fall fishing is finding the shad. It sounds cliché’ that you’ll catch fish if you find shad, but it works. One of the first things I look for is birds, pelicans, sea gulls, and any other bird you can see. They will be feeding on the shad. Next, use your electronics to find the baitsfish and crappie.

“I use a little bigger bait in the fall because the fish are a little more aggressive fattening up for winter. Bigger baits are more fun to fish, too.”