Crappie NOW - May2016

Crappie fishing ranges from post-spawn in the south to pre-spawn and spawn in the north. Read about the action in the May issue of CrappieNow Magazine.

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Dan Dannenmueller

Opening Cast

I have been fishing and traveling most of March and April. Wow…what a weather roller coaster ride it has been. Consistency, size and the locations of fish were affected. Fishing at Lake Darbonne, Louisiana was ...
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Clear water lakes require stealth presentations in the brush. Frank Zortman displays a nice Norfork Lake, AR, black crappie.

Advanced Seasonal Structure Spring Brush Crappie

By Tim Huffman BRUSH. Early spring fishing, brush and the spawn go together; always have and always will. Crappie are big and active. What’s great for the crappie fisherman is the aggressiveness of fish to ...
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Spider rigging is Josh Gowan’s number one tactic for this guide and tournament fisherman. Here what fishermen look for at D’Arbonne.

D’Arbonne Lake, Louisiana

D’Arbonne Lake has two main river channels that allow a fisherman to run way up into the far reaches of the creeks. The main lake has so many options it’s difficult to mention them all ...
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Dan Hudgens

Q&A: What’s a great fishing tip for May?

Dan Hudgens, MO, says, “At Kentucky Lake it will be post-spawn so fish will be scattered and suspended. They are hard to catch. However, if you move jigs fast or use cankbaits they will bite ...
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Stubby Steves

Crappie Basics 111: Locator Upgrade

“Why is it important to upgrade your electronics? Your depthfinder is like a computer at home. Upgrading provides software updates and new features that lead to better performance. Keeping your unit current gives you maximum ...
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Mathew Outlaw with a nice pair of crappie. Santee Cooper, SC, offers great fishing opportunities for catches like these.

The Best of Times

By Ron Presley Year Around Crappie on Santee Cooper Southern anglers have a right to get excited about spring crappie fishing. Great fishing expectations begin early in Florida and work their way north into the ...
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Mr Crappie

Crappie Basics 112: Move Fast, Cover Water

“The fish are post-spawn so they move out away from structure and suspend up in the water. We pull for them fast with jigs at 0.8 mph or with crankbaits at 1.5 mph. It’s important ...
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Crappie NOW How To – Spawning Crappie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56woMA066VU ...
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BnM How To Tip Kevin Jones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAXwagYFGY4 ...
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Late Spring Presentations for Northern Crappies

Story & photos by Darl Black During the latter part of spring in northern states – May through early June – crappies will be found in relatively shallow water of lakes as this species moves ...
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Tip of the Month: Pulling Crankbaits

By Warren Cotton May crappie in the Mississippi reservoirs will be out in deeper water. We’ll be pulling crankbaits. Fast pulling crankbaits is usually best by targeting creek channels, bends and along the channel. Water ...
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Crappie au Gratin Casserole & Fish Sauces

Vernon Summerlin Last month I ran out of space before I could offer you this au gratin casserole dish. You can use catfish, bass, striper or any freshwater fish you like, even trout, but a ...
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Tournament Results

WAPPAPELLO MARCH 19th SLABBER DAVES 1. David Tropf/Edwin Younger 17.2 2. Chris Channell/Billy Fowler 13.35 BIG FISH 1. Joe Quilling 1.92 2. David Trof/Edwin Younger 1.7 WEST ALABAMA MARCH 19th TOMBIGBEE RIVER 1. Fields/Fields 10.34 ...
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2016 Crappie Calendar

MAY 1st CENTRAL OHIO DEER CREEK LAKE CLUB MAY 7th MIDDLE TENNESSEE WOODS RESERVOIR WILDCAT MAY 7th CRAPPIE MASTERS REND LAKE NATIONAL QUALIFIER MAY 7th SPRINGFIELD LAKE SPRINGFIELD OPEN MAY 7th CRAPPIE USA MISSISSINEWA/SALAMONIE CLUB ...
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Crappie Clubs

Fishermen, check with club/association for exact dates, info, etc. MAGNOLIA CRAPPIE CLUB -MS www.magnoliacrappieclub.com CRAPPIE ANGLERS OF TEXAS (CAT)- TX www.crappieanglersoftexas.com WEST TENNESSEE CRAPPIE CLUB-WTCC -TN www.westtennesseecrappieclub.com; also facebook INDIANA SLAB MASTERS- IN www.indianaslabmasters.com MIDDLE ...
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