March is the time when southern fishermen are enjoying the spawn and northerners are ice fishing or waiting for ice-out. It’s a great time for crappie.

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Opening Cast

I’ve been writing about crappie fishing for thirty years. I’ve learned there are three things that separate the best fishermen: experience, elimination and analyzing. Nothing replaces time on the water. Some of us do not have the luxury of fishing several days a week but learning from each trip does ...
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Wading for Slabs

by Ron Wong In many parts of the south, we have incurred quite a bit of rain over the winter months. The rains have many of the lakes with higher than normal lake levels.  For example, the I-55 lakes (Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid and Grenada) are still trying to get to ...
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Tip of the Month: Hookset and Loose Drag

By Jason Sandage “This spring the crappie will move up shallow. It can be difficult to hook and land crappie when fishing with long poles and only a few feet of line out. “A big crappie will hit so hard they can tear the line out of their mouths. Only ...
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Spring Crappie Tips

Story & photos by Kenneth L. Kieser Most crappie are caught in the spring when mature fish move into the shallows to spawn. The average date for fishing crappie spawns is generally around April 15 (in middle Missouri, sooner in the south, later in the north). Most fisherman can fill ...
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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 ...
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In the Spotlight

by Tim Huffman Charles Bunting started fishing tournaments when a friend persuaded him to fish a telephone tournament in the 80’s. He joined a newly-formed Capital City Crappie Club and says the older fishermen taught him how to fish. He has fished national tournaments since 1998. Charles & Travis Bunting ...
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Guntersville Lake Shows Out-American Crappie Trail

By: Ron Wong How good is the crappie fishing at Guntersville Lake? It took 20 pounds (two day total) to finish in the top 30.  This is also considering the adverse weather conditions during the tournament days. Jeff Ramsey with his step-son, Johnny Walker, won the first American Crappie Trail ...
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The Great Outdoors

by Larry Whiteley Spring Is Almost Here March days tease us and then remind us that winter is still around but growing weak. Be assured though that spring will win this tug-of-war and it sure is worth waiting for. I look forward to the first trilling sounds of the spring ...
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Crappie Gear: Crappie Stalker 2

Driftmaster/ Black River Tool, Inc 803-473-4927   www.driftmaster.com Single stem Crappie Stalker 2 pole holder is adjustable at both top and bottom making it ideal for serious spider rig/slow trollers. “You can position the butt of the rod where it needs to be for fishing, then position the pole tip to ...
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Crappie Basics 183: Minnow Hooks

“I’ve tried different minnow hooks just like everyone else. We use the rotating type hooks and have had good luck with them. One of their best features is a really sharp hook that stays sharp. You hang up and you lose them, but they aren’t very expensive. We re-tie so ...
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Crappie Expo & Mr. Crappie Invitational Tournament

Date: Oct. 4-6, 2019 Lake: Lake Hamilton, AR Place: Hot Springs Convention Center Crappie fishermen have National Championship Tournaments with Crappie USA, Crappie Masters and the American Crappie Trail. However, none provide an event that encourages large number of spectators, especially those with only a little interest in fishing. The ...
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Recipe: Blackened, Baked & Broiled Crappie Fillets

Blackening fish should be done under a commercial hood or outside unless you want a sooty house, if so, cook on but turn off your smoke detector first ;>) 4 crappie fillets 2 teaspoons paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon black ...
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Tournament Results

SOUTH CAROLINA CRAPPIE ASSOC. JANUARY 19th LAKE WYLIE 1. David Kingsmore/Joey Hilton 11.57 2. Lynn Robertson/Robert Jackson 11.39 3. Tracey Davis/Chuck Davis 10.79 4. Roland Addy/Bob Addy 10.72 5. Greg Matthews/Ronnie Shealy 10.64 BIG FISH 1. Lynn Robertson/Robert Jackson 2.24 FLORIDA CRAPPIE CLUB JANUARY 26th ST JOHNS RIVER 1. James ...
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Crappie Calendar

MAR 1st - 2nd CRAPPIE MASTERS LAKE JORDAN/ALABAMA RIVER ALABAMA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MAR 1st - 2nd CRAPPIE USA LAKE WYLIE SUPER EVENT MAR 2nd BEAVER LAKE CRAPPIE ASSOCIATION BEAVER LAKE CLUB MAR 2nd SHOALS AREA CRAPPIE LAKE GUNTERSVILLE CLUB MAR 3rd CHATTANOOGA CRAPPIE CLUB CHESTER FROST PARK CLASSIC MAR 3rd ...
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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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