Crappie Basics 182: Adjust & Change

“I’ve changed several things about my fishing over the years. One of the biggest differences I made was to switch from 8- to 6-pound test line. My catch rate probably went up 40 percent. Last year I switched to 4-pound test and started getting more bites.

“I use a 1/32-ounce jighead with a 1/4-ounce split-shot about 16 inches above the jig. Trolling speed varies each day so that’s a factor you’ve got to figure out each day you go fishing. Sometimes they want it moving and other times they want it totally still, or somewhere in between. It boils down to making changes until you learn what the fish want.”

Richard Williams is a Crappie USA National Champ and has been guiding for 29 years on Kentucky Lake.