May is prime time in the north and a good time for active post-spawn crappie in the south. The CrappieNow May issue discusses tactics and places for crappie success.

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Opening Cast

Studying tournament fishermen has complicated my life. I remember a simpler time when I knew what to take fishing. A trip consisted of grabbing my Zebco 33 and tin can full of redworms, maybe a bucket of minnows, and a bag of Mann’s Jelly Worms. I would throw stuff on ...
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Get the Drop On Crappie

By John Neporadny Jr. Barry Morrow was fishing a tournament at Stockton Lake in Missouri, when he discovered a bass fishing finesse technique also triggered strikes from finicky crappie. “I had been prefishing all week and using jigs only,” Morrow recalls. “When my partner got down there, he ended up ...
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Crappie Gear – Driftmaster

by Tim Huffman             David Baynard, a second-generation rod holder guru with Driftmaster (Black River Tools), continues to pave the way to more efficient, comfortable fishing. Baynard, who is on our cover this month, listens to what fishermen say and continues to add new products to meet their needs. “One ...
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Crappie Basics 161: Shallow Water

Many fishermen believe shallow water is good only in the spring. In some waters, that may be the case. However, the majority of lakes and rivers have crappie in shallow water most of the year. Their numbers will be lower than in spring. They’ll also change with varying conditions, water ...
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Elmore County Crappie & Catfish Camp

“Lake Jordan is one of our greatest tourist attractions and we feel it’s one of the most beautiful lakes in Alabama,” says Elmore County Commissioner, Mack Daughtery. “It has 189 miles of shoreline that draws fishermen from many miles away. Its clear water also makes it a popular destination for ...
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Working Sharp Corners

by Vic Attardo As I kid, I never hung out on street corners. Of course, where I came from in farm country, street corners were rarer than brown cows that gave chocolate milk and geese that laid golden eggs. But still, I always thought that street corners were dangerous places ...
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Tip of the Month: Power Trolling

by John Harrison   Fishing can be good here at Grenada after the spawn. Late May and early June can be an excellent time. We catch numbers of fish by power trolling. We use a 1-ounce sinker and Bobby Garland Baits. Last year we caught a ton of fish. They ...
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Crappie Gear – Lew’s Wally Marshall Signature Series Crappie Rods

Wally Marshall Signature Series Crappie Rods were designed as sensitive jigging poles. They are great for this technique but they also have a following with the slow troll (spider rigging) crowd, too. Pro staff member, Keith Mueller, says, “I use 16-foot Signature Series poles because they are the best pole ...
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American Crappie Trail – Ross Barnett

How Did the Top Teams Catch Their Fish by Ron Wong Stained to muddy water greeted the American Crappie Trail anglers at Ross Barnett Lake (better known as The Rez).  Surface temps ranged from the high 50’s to very low 60’s. The water was rough both days with Friday being ...
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Crappie Basics 162: Sticking with a Good Spot

You been catching fish in an area but a change in water temperature, water elevation or other factor has changed fishing to a no-catch situation. Don’t leave a known area too quickly. There are two tactics to try. First, fish the same spots but slow the presentation. Lethargic fish may ...
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South Carolina Aquatic Education

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Section’s mission is to serve as the principal advocate for the steward of South Carolina’s natural resources. They strive to educate the public on recreational fishing techniques, opportunities and angler ethics, along with provide information to learn about SC’s aquatic ecosystems, ...
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Product Review – Scales

by Tim Huffman Catching a three-pound crappie and not weighing it is like shooting a 190 whitetail buck and not letting anyone score it. A fisherman may truly believe he has a three-pound fish but most of the time he is wrong. So, there are two theories for weighing a ...
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Crappie from the Oven

            Scampi, or Langoustines or Norway lobsters (Nephrops norvegicus) are roughly the size of a large crayfish and fished from silty bottom regions of the open Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Mediterranean. The fleshy tail of the Norway lobster is closer in both taste and texture to lobster and ...
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Tournament Results

CAROLINA CRAPPIE ASSOCIATION MARCH 23rd - 24th LAKE JORDAN 1. Bundrick/Bundrick 22.31 2. Hawkins/McGuirt 21.54 3. Quan/Grimm 21.48 4. Danque/Willard 20.91 5. Eudy/Koontz 20.26 BIG FISH 1. Hawkins/McGuirt 1.94 CRAPPIE MASTERS MARCH 23rd - 24th GRENADA LAKE 1. Rick Fajen/Earnie Cox 32.96 2. Vic Finkley/Kim Kennedy 31.77 3. Barry Morrow/Chad ...
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Crappie Calendar

MAY 4th - 5th CRAPPIE USA CAVE RUN LAKE SUPER EVENT MAY 5th CENTRAL ARKANSAS CRAPPIE ASSOC LAKE DARDANELLA CLUB MAY 5th COOSA RIVER CRAPPIE CLUB WEISS LAKE KIDS FISHING DAY MAY 5th CRAPPIE MASTERS REND LAKE NATIONAL QUALIFIER MAY 5th HOI CRAPPIE CLUB SPRING LAKE OPEN MAY 5th NORTHEAST ...
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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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