May is a great month to enjoy crappie fishing. The northern states are coming alive with open water fishing while the south finds crappie in post-spawn ready to replenish themselves with food after the rigors of the spawn.

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Opening Cast

I’m a conservative ol’-timer so change usually doesn’t come easy. I can remember being late to switch to digital cameras because slide photography was high quality and I didn’t want to learn something new. After the switch, I’ve saved over a thousand dollars a year with the elimination of slide ...
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The American Crappie Trail National Championship at Lake D’Arbonne. LA

by Ron Wong Not only did the cities of Ruston and Farmersville, Louisiana roll out the red carpet for the crappie anglers competing in the American Crappie Trail national championship tournament, the Super Bowl of Crappie Fishing, but Lake D’Arbonne showed why it is one of the top crappie lakes ...
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Crappie Basics 186: Minnow Hooks

“I use red Tru-Turn hooks,” says Jay Don Reeve. “I want a strong hook and one that catches more fish per bite. That’s a Tru-Turn. At Grenada I’m using a 1/0 but at lakes where most fish are small and I’m not likely to catch anything over 1.25 or 1.5 ...
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Southern Approach to Northern Crappie Spawn

Story & photos by Darl Black Going by the moniker of Crappie Mates, the husband and wife fishing team of Dan and Sue Dannenmueller participate in national crappie tournaments, and promote crappie fishing through seminars and videos. Although home is Alabama, Crappie Mates travel across the US and Canada. On ...
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Two Way Fillet – Fish Cleaning System

www.filletboard.com             A big decision that most anglers have in the fishing world is whether or not to keep or release whatever species of fish they are pursuing. Anglers have help when it comes to filleting fish and while protecting themselves. The recently patented product, introduced by K&J Outdoor Products, ...
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Raising an Angler- Knowing Your Angler

By Geremy Olson To say that fishing defines me would be an understatement. As a preschooler I was pulled out of swimming lessons because I refused to do anything but try to swim underwater. When asked why I wouldn’t try to do the back float or swim on the surface, ...
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Q&A Will LiveScope change crappie fishing? Asked on the tournament trail.

Brad Calhoun, a guide in Mississippi, says, “I’ve been talking to a lot of people who have it and I’m sure we’ll have to add it to our boat, too. From what I’ve learned, it’s not for fast techniques but will be very good for jigging on lakes like D’Arbonne, ...
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Crappie Basics 187: Creek Channels

“On Barkley in May, I like fishing the creek channels. The temperatures are coming up a little and the fish have already spawned. I’ve had the best luck in creek channels, like in Eddie Creek. The lake is not up to summer pool so the fish will likely be in ...
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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

By Larry Whiteley The Best Investment You Will Ever Make Spending time together fishing has some very positive benefits for your family. Nearly every family that begins fishing together assumes they will hate it and ends up wondering why they didn’t do it a long time ago. It tends to ...
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Salt-Baked Fish ‘n’ Stews

We commonly think of table salt for recipes. Table salt has additives like iodine (to prevent thyroid disease) and an anti-caking agent to prevent lumping in humidity. Many chefs prefer kosher salt (additive-free, coarse-grained) for cooking and sea salt for table use because they have a softer flavor than table ...
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Tournament Results

SPRINGFIELD CRAPPIE CLUBMARCH 23rdLAKE SANCHRIS1. Randy Cox/Gregory Correll10.992. Nast/Reynolds10.373. Montooth/Davis8.834. Bentley/Walker8.535. Clark/Gelos7.31BIG FISH1. Nast/Reynolds2.09AMERICAN CRAPPIE TRAILMARCH 28th - 30thLAKE D'ARBONNE1. Tonu Hughes/Jeff Riddle35.942. Daniel Porter/Jeremy Aldridge35.933. Rick Solomon/Mike Walters35.834. Andrew Scott/Bill Burnett35.625. Steve Perotti/Stuart Baum35.52BIG FISH1. Rick Solomon/Mike Walters2.162. Brandon Jennings/LD Henry2.16CRAPPIE USAMARCH 30thOLD HICKORY LAKEAMATEUR DIVISION1. Johnny Clary/Dwayne Craig9.132 ...
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Crappie Calendar

MAY4thBOYD'S CRAPPIE TRAILLAKE EUFAULATRAILMAY4thCENTRAL ARKANSAS CRAPPIE ASSOC.LAKE DARDANELLECLUBMAY4thCRAPPIE ANGLERS OF TEXASLAKE LAVONEVENT EXTRAVAGANZAMAY4thCRAPPIE MASTERSREND LAKEOZARK RODS OPENMAY4thCRAPPIE USALAKE HARTWELLTRAILMAY4thMAGNOLIA CRAPPIE CLUBSARDIS LAKECLUBMAY4th INDIANA SLAB MASTERMISSISSNEWA/SALAMONIESUPER EVENTMAY4thS.N.A. KRAPPIE MASTERSBARREN RIVER LAKEOPENMAY4thSOUTHERN ILLINOIS CRAPPIE ASSOCREND LAKECLUBMAY5th GRAND LAKE CRAPPIE SERIESGRAND LAKESERIESMAY5thSPRINGFIELD CRAPPIE CLUBLAKE SANGSHRISCLUBMAY6thCHATTANOOGA CRAPPIE CLUBCHESTER FROST PARKCLUBMAY10th - 11thNORTHEAST OHIO CRAPPIE ...
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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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