Opening Cast

Spring has sprung and the crappie have either already spawned or will be very, very soon depending upon the part of the country you are from. Crappie-catching fever is in the air. Big female Crappie can be caught during...

Keeping Fish Alive & Healthy

By Tim Huffman   Recreational and tournament fishermen both benefit from having healthy crappie in the livewell. The following are a few observations, tips and ideas about keeping fish in good shape for release or eating.   The 4 Main Players Player #1 is...

Crappie NOW How To Spawning For The Future

Crappie Basics #135: April Transition

It would be great if there were magic tips that could lead you to great fishing any time you go. April means warming and also means pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn fishing. Strike King pro-staffer Bart Gillon says April is...

The Future of Crappie Tournaments: Part 5 of 7…Fish Care, Media & Tournament Costs

Story & photos by Tim Huffman               Part 5 continues with national circuits. This issue looks at taking care of crappie, the importance of media and the costs of competing. Our series experts include Darrell Van Vactor, General Manager of...

Tip of the Month – River Ledges

What Makes One River Ledge Better Than Another River Ledge with Darrell Baker According to Baker, “I don’t know that one river ledge is better than another river ledge, but I do know that the ledges with the most structure...

Streaming Into the Spawn

Rivers in Spring Present Challenges, but Also Rewards Story & photos by John N. Felsher Nothing gets dedicated crappie anglers more excited than seeing green buds and blooming flowers marking the coming of spring, which means fat female slabs moving shallow...

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Crappie Basics #136 – Stick to Pre-Spawners

Tony Sheppard with Jenko Fishing says at Kentucky Lake the fish are spawning but don’t get into a hurry to go shallow. Most fishermen rush to the bank but there are other fish to go after too. He targets...

Super Shallow Crappie

Story & photos by Greg McCain   Crappie migrating to the shallows is one of the rituals of spring. Like children gleaning every last piece of Easter candy, anglers follow the frenzy as the fish stage through various depths. Very rarely...

Fishing Funny’s

Crispy Crumbed Crappie, Crispy Crappie Fritters and Crispy Onion Rings

Let’s make stuff that’s all about being crispy except for some beans. We’ll bake some fillets, fry a few and crisp-up onion rings, both daintily and bulkily. There are tools needed in the kitchen and there are those tools that...

Tournament Results April 2017

CRAPPIE MASTERS FEBRUARY 24th - 25th LAKE D'ARBONNE 1. Paul Turner/Elizabeth Turner 26.02 2. Brad Chappell/Brandon Fulgham 25.39 3. Kevin Jones/Billy Don Surface 24.94 4. Dustin Harris/Kelley Graham 24.8 5. Edward Shawn/Scottie Shawn 24.8 BIG FISH 1. Charlie Fitzgerald/Josh Passon 2.37 MALE/FEMALE 1. Paul Turner/Elizabeth Turner 26.02 ADULT/YOUTH 1. Junior Dye/Gage Lowery 19.03 CRAPPIE USA FEBRUARY 25th EUFAULA AMATEUR DIVISION 1. Frank Jackson/James Stewart 8.87 2. Clint...

Crappie Clubs

Club Contact FACEBOOK AMERICAN CRAPPIE TRAIL Matt Morgan https://www.facebook.com/americancrappietrail/ BAYOU STATE CRAPPIE ASSOCIATION Brandon Jennings https://www.facebook.com/groups/BayouStateCrappie/ CAPITOL CRAPPIE CLUB Austin Kneeskern https://www.facebook.com/groups/984256651629379/ CAROLINA CRAPPIE ASSOCIATION RICK Eudy https://www.facebook.com/carolina.assocation/?fref=ts CENTRAL ALABAMA CRAPPIE CLUB Dan Dannanmueller/Jonathan Phillips https://www.facebook.com/groups/1652871384980476/ CENTRAL ARKANSAS CRAPPIE CLUB Jason Westerberg https://www.facebook.com/CentralArkansasCrappieAssociation/?fref=ts CENTRAL ILLINOIS CRAPPIE CLUB Joe Schrader/Greg Foley https://www.facebook.com/groups/425353854297831/ CHATTANOOGA CRAPPIE CLUB Mike Johnston/Jim Edmister https://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaCrappieClub/?fref=ts CRAPPIE ANGLERS OF TEXAS JAY Reve https://www.facebook.com/crappieanglersoftexas/?fref=ts CRAPPIE MASTERS Mike Valentine https://www.facebook.com/CrappieMastersAllAmericanTournamentTrail/?fref=ts CRAPPIE USA Darrell...

Crappie Calendar – April 2017

APRIL 1st INDIANA SLAB MASTERS PATOKA LAKE CLUB APRIL 1st KANSAS CRAPPIE CLUB POMONA LAKE CLUB APRIL 1st CAT TEXAS LAKE FORK 4th ANNUAL CRAPPIEFEST APRIL 1st NORTHEAST GEORGIA MIDDLETON BOAT RAMP CLUB APRIL 2nd SOUTHERN ILLINOIS LAKE EGYPT CLUB APRIL 7th - 8th CRAPPIE USA LAKE CUMBERLAND SUPER EVENT APRIL 8th CAT TEXAS LAKE FORK Crappie masters national qualifier APRIL 8th CENTRAL ALABAMA LAKE MITCHELL CLUB APRIL 8th COOSA RIVER NEELY-HENRY CLUB APRIL 8th CRAPPIE MASTERS LAKE FORK ONE POLE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE APRIL 8th CRAPPIENUTZ LAKE BLACKSHEAR CLUB APRIL 8th EASTERN MISSOURI MARK TWAIN LAKE CLUB APRIL 8th FLORIDA CRAPPIE...