There is an old saying that “variety is the spice of life.” This month’s issue of CrappieNow offers up some variety with stories of crappie fishing from the bank, catching slabs in Pennsylvania stump fields, one poling through heavy cover, and more.

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Opening Cast

The 2019 winter, spring and now early summer period have been very interesting weather wise. One day it feels like winter, the next summer, and once in a while like spring. The crappie fishing has been interesting as well due to this volatility. Most of the crappie below the Mason-Dixon ...
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No Boat No Problem

by Ron Stallings Fishing from the bank is very productive for most species of fish. If you want to target crappie from the bank, use these techniques for the best success. Selecting a lake—The lake you choose will have several factors to consider. Slope of bank— the slope of the ...
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Crappie Basics #189 Warming Weather – Tim Eberle

By the time June rolls around the weather is beginning to warm and the crappies are moving deeper and searching for a comfortable ambush spot for their next meal. Anglers who adjust their presentation to the crappie’s behavior will have the most luck catching them. “Concentrate on deeper water structure ...
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Slip bobbers around stumps

by Vic Attardo A simple but effective method to pull crappie from stump beds. If Lake Cowanesque in north-central Pennsylvania were a face and not a body of water, it would need a shave. Sticking up like stiff stubble in portions of the 1,090-acre lake are asymmetrical rows of exposed ...
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Tip of the Month: Cypress Trees

Cypress trees are a good bet at Reelfoot Lake, just like at oxbows with cypress, Conway, and similar type lakes. A tree’s root system forms an umbrella and the fish will hang out under that umbrella. They like the shade. The only exception are the cypress trees near shore where ...
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In the Spotlight Rhonda Reeve

by Tim Huffman Texas fisherman, more correctly fisherwoman, is a regular in national tournaments and the Crappie Anglers of Texas tournaments. She lives on Cedar Creek with husband Jay Don, but she considers home fishing waters to be Lake Fork. “I started fishing when I met Jay,” says Rhonda. “We ...
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Single Pole Crappie Fishing in Weedy Cover

by Brian Cope Get right in the middle of the weeds, dig a hole, drop a jig, and see what comes out. Spider-rigging and tight-lining are some of the most effective techniques for catching crappie, and are two of the most popular forms of fishing both in tournament and pleasure ...
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Crappie Basics #190 June Crappie – Tony Sheppard

Tony Sheppard has a couple of tips for June crappie fishing. They include Jenko crankbaits, jigs, and double minnow rigs. “One effective way to catch crappie in June is pulling Jenko crankbaits,” offered Sheppard. “Pull various colored cranks at the mouths of creeks where they come into the main river.” ...
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Crappie Expo & Mr. Crappie Invitational Tournament

October 4-6, 2019 are the dates for the first Crappie Expo and Fishing Classic at the Hot Springs Convention Center and Lake Hamilton, Arkansas. The event is set up to bring large numbers of spectators to enjoy vendor and manufacturer booths, boat giveaways, concert and free fish fry. There will ...
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Baked Fillets with Potato Chip Crust

The earliest known recipe for something similar to today’s potato chips is in William Kitchiner's cookbook The Cook's Oracle, published in 1817 in England. The 1822 edition offered a recipe called “Potatoes fried in Slices or Shavings” and reads “peel large potatoes, slice them about a quarter of an inch ...
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Tournament Results

AMERICAN CRAPPIE TRAIL APRIL 26th-27th ROSS BARNETT 1. Ronnie Capps/Steve Coleman 25.24 2. John Mark Williams/Ray Williams 24.32 3. Tony Sheppard/Mike Sheppard 24.04 4. Tommy Moss/Brad Calhoun 23.83 5. Tony Hughes/Jeff Riddle 23.55 BIG FISH 1. Tony Hughes/Jeff Riddle 2.34 CRAPPIE USA APRIL 26th-27th GRAND LAKE/ST. MARYS AMATEUR DIVISION 1 ...
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Crappie Calendar

JUNE 1st BOYD'S CRAPPIE TRAIL LAKE SEMINOLE TRAIL JUNE 1st CAPITOL CRAPPIE CLUB LAKE OF THE OZARKS CLUB/CO-ED JUNE 1st CENTRAL ARKANSAS CRAPPIE ASSOC. PECKERWOOD OR DES ARC LAKES CLUB JUNE 1st EASTERN MISSOURI CRAPPIE CLUB LAKE OF THE OZARKS CLUB/COED JUNE 1st INDIANA SLAB MASTER LAKE MONROE CLUB JUNE ...
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Crappie Clubs

Club Contact Link AMERICAN CRAPPIE TRAIL Matt Morgan FACEBOOK BAYOU STATE CRAPPIE ASSOCIATION Brandon Jennings FACEBOOK BEAVER LAKE CRAPPIE ASSOC. Peyton Usery FACEBOOK BOYDS CRAPPIE TRAIL Blake Phillips FACEBOOK CAPITOL CRAPPIE CLUB Austin Kneeskern FACEBOOK CENTRAL ALABAMA CRAPPIE CLUB Dan Dannanmueller/Jonathan Phillips FACEBOOK CENTRAL ARKANSAS CRAPPIE CLUB Jason Westerberg FACEBOOK ...
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The Great Outdoors

by Larry Whiteley A Message to you Fathers Someday I’m going to take my kids fishing you say to yourself as you hurry off to work. Someday I’m going to teach my kids how to shoot a bow but right now I don’t want to miss this baseball game. Someday ...
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