June is a great month for early summer fishing. It’s been hotter than normal this year, so check out the tactics in CrappieNow Digital Magazine to get the latest how-to articles and tips for catching these fish.

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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 represents companies, so work will be required to become pro staff ...
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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 spooky and any technique can be used to catch ...
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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 where crappie will likely be holding. Look for laydowns, logs ...
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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 favorite fish. And being retired, he has a lot of ...
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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 and you can’t go wrong.” Ron Stallings, Export Manager and Pro ...
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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 and have a good food source.  Typically, they will move ...
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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 ...
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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, says, “We want you to fight the fish, not your ...
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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 cut into 1/4-inch strips 1/4 cup green ...
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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 is a combination of experience and knowing where crappie go ...
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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 to help buffer the line during quick, hard runs. The ...
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Tournament Results

EAST TENNESSEE CRAPPIE CLUB APRIL 20th CHEROKEE LAKE 1. Scott Bunch/Neil Alvis 8.97 2. Darren Caughron/Tracy Caughron 7.93 3. Cameron Dicken 7.83 4. Wally Porter/Aaron Porter 1.03 5. Tim Smith/Garrett Smith 6.83 BIG FISH 1. Caneron Dicken 1.79 CRAPPIE ANGLERS OF TEXAS APRIL 21st LAKE MILLWOOD DIVISION 1 1. Tommy ...
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Crappie Calendar

JUNE 1st- 2nd CRAPPIE USA GREEN RIVER LAKES TRAIL JUNE 2nd INDIANA SLAB MASTERS MONROE LAKE CLUB JUNE 2nd - 3rd CENTRAL ARKANSAS CRAPPIE ASSOC TBA CHAMPIONSHIP JUNE 2nd - 3rd NORTHEAST OHIO MISQUITO LAKE 2 DAY CHALLENGE JUNE 3rd CENTRAL ILLINOIS TBD CLUB JUNE 3rd GRAND LAKE CRAPPIE SERIES ...
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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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