Crappie Basics #159: Get Shallow

Shad colored plastics are hard to beat for summertime crappie. “When you think you are fishing too shallow, shallow up some more. A lot of people try to stay out in 6 or 7 feet of water, but if you want to have some spider rigging fun, shallow up to about a foot and a half of water. Loosen the drags a lot. Let out 12 inches of line. When you get to a school of crappie it’s a lot of fun.

“I like 10-foot poles especially when guiding because most people just can’t handle the longer ones. Hook a decent fish on a foot of line, have the drag letting out line and then try to stop and land the fish. It’s tough. They hit hard and take off. But it’s fun.”  …Richard Williams