Summer crappie fishing includes a wide variety of fishing tactics. Enjoy the summer action. Learn how in the July issue of CrappieNow Digital On-Line Magazine, free each month.

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Opening Cast

First boats are memorable. My first was a simple johnboat, 12-feet long with a 32-inch bottom and extremely low sides. My partner, James, and I went halves on everything. The boat was $40 and had a few dings due to being carried 200 yards in a tornado. It had character ...
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Summer Time Shallow Water Spider-Rigging

Story & photos by Ron Wong Summertime and the livin' is easy, fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high, means it is hot and humid throughout the southern part of the U.S.  It also means that the crappie have gone to deep water to seek relief from the hot ...
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Crappie Basics 166: Move Fast

One tactic is to keep on the move when casting, pitching or jigging. To move fast, use a 1/8- or 1/4-ounce jig. Tip with a small minnow. The rig allows a fisherman to quickly get to the strike zone, feel everything the jig touches and get it back out to ...
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Crappie Masters One-Pole Ultimate Challenge

by Tim Huffman June 15-16. Truman Lake, MO. “This tournament,” says Crappie Masters President, Mike Vallentine, “is special in many ways. First, it’s a good jigging lake. It’s full of visible and invisible cover. Crappie relate to it. It’s also one of our two, one-pole tournaments, so it’s important for ...
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Oliso – Vacuum Sealer

The Oliso Pro VS97A Smart Vacuum Sealer is a great tool for an outdoorsman and/or cook. It’s a storage system that removes air and creates an airtight, waterproof heat seal, keeping air out and freshness in. Vacuum stored foods keep fresh five times longer. An Oliso bag can be sealed ...
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Truman Lake Summertime Crappie

Story & photos by Brent Frazee Most fishermen would rather sit in front of an air conditioner than in a fishing boat on days like this. Even in the early-morning hours, it was a scorcher at Truman Lake. Forecasts called for the temperatures to soar to near 100 degrees, and ...
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Crappie Basics 167: Summer Weeds

Middle to upper states may still have a few fish in the bushes, but with warm weather of May, most fish will likely be in hot summer patterns. Weedbeds are a top pick. A good rig is a slip-float and minnow. Keep everything streamline for the fewest weed problems. Use ...
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Crappie Gear: Charlie Brewer’s Slider Grub

Products come and go…but not Slider Grubs. They were hot from the start and continue to catch fish today. The company was started in 1970 by Charlie Brewer, Sr. He developed Slider Fishing, a simple “Do-Nothing” method for imitating nature. The baits and technique have been effective for over 44 ...
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The American Crappie Trail visits Ouachita River

Father & Son Team Wins Story & photos by Ron Wong Despite rising water levels, the father/son team of Terry and Cole Stewart wins the American Crappie Trail tournament on the Ouachita River out of Monroe, Louisiana.  They won the tournament wire to wire in some very hot weather and ...
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Vern’s Cooking & Tidbits: Grilled and BBQed Crappies

Let’s take our cooking outside. We’ll grill and barbeque some fillets. Grilling is generally done quickly over moderate-to-high direct heat that produces little smoke while barbecuing is done slowly over low, indirect heat and the food is flavored by the smoking process. Decide which method you want to use first ...
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Tip of the Month: LOUISIANA FISHING

by Terry Richard Fishing on Louisiana lakes for me means long lining. At Darbonne, for example, some of the fish are on the flats most of the year, but spring and fall are usually best. Everything depends upon the water temperatures. With long lining, we are looking for a reaction ...
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Tournament Results

CENTRAL ALABAMA CRAPPIE CLUB MAY 26th ALABAMA RIVER/SWIFT CREEK 1. Jamie Heflin/James Heflin 12.18 2. Jonathan Phillips/Alicia Phillips 12.05 3. Scott Williams/Billy Williams 11.76 4. Wade McDonald/Jackson McDonald 10.79 5. Collier Hunt/Ken Fisher 10.7 BIG FISH 1. Wade McDonald/Jackson McDonald 10.79 MALE/FEMALE 1. Jonathan Phillips/Alicia Phillips 12.05 CRAPPIE USA JUNE ...
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Crappie Calendar

JULY 7th KANSAS CRAPPIE CLUB POMONA LAKE CLUB JULY 14th TWIN LAKES BIG BEAR SHOOTOUT JULY 21st BEAVER LAKE CRAPPIE CLUB BEAVER LAKE CLUB JULY 21st CRAPPIE ANGLERS OF TEXAS LAKE TAWAKONE QUALIFIER JULY 21st EASTERN MO CRAPPIE CLUB MARK TWAIN LAKE JACK & JILL JULY 21st HOI CRAPPIE CLUB ...
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Crappie Clubs

Club Contact Link AMERICAN CRAPPIE TRAIL Matt Morgan FaceBook BEAVER LAKE CRAPPIE CLUB Payton Usery FACEBOOK CAPITOL CRAPPIE CLUB Austin Kneeskern FaceBook CAROLINA CRAPPIE ASSOCIATION RICK Eudy FaceBook CENTRAL ALABAMA CRAPPIE CLUB Dan Dannanmueller/Jonathan Phillips FaceBook CENTRAL ARKANSAS CRAPPIE CLUB Jason Westerberg FaceBook CENTRAL ILLINOIS CRAPPIE CLUB Joe Schrader/Greg Foley ...
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