Crappie Basics 167: Summer Weeds

Middle to upper states may still have a few fish in the bushes, but with warm weather of May, most fish will likely be in hot summer patterns.

Weedbeds are a top pick. A good rig is a slip-float and minnow. Keep everything streamline for the fewest weed problems. Use a long, skinny float, streamline or barrel-type sinker, string bobber stop and Tru-Turn hook in #2 or #1.

Look on lake points with weeds. Punch through the floating vegetation. Underwater stuff growing from the bottom can be fished on the edges. For example, water 15 feet deep with weeds up to six feet forms an edge that can be fished. Early morning is usually the best time to catch them before they get tighter up in the weeds.