July crappie fishing can be hot and humid and the fish have transitioned to their summer patterns. This issue of CrappieNow offers stories on color selection, Jordan Lake, and other tips for catching summer crappies.

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Opening Cast

I can’t believe that it is July already!!! The days, months and years seem to fly by and there are so many changes happening all around us in society, life, and fishing. CrappieNow is not immune to change as well. Starting with the August edition CrappieNow will have a new ...
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Simple, Economical Tactics for Summer Crappie

by Tim Huffman Finding the right spots for summer crappie can be a challenge, but when found, they can create fun, exciting memories. A fisherman doesn’t have to spend a fortune to get in on the action. A small aluminum boat and basic gear will work. The following are some ...
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Crappie Basics #191 Speed it Up – Jared Roper, Roper Outdoors

As the water heats up in July the crappie will become more active and aggressive. To adapt to their behavior anglers should speed up their presentation. Use the traditional color selection process to choose your baits. When fishing dark/muddy water I like fluorescent colors. If you have clear/green water use ...
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Destination Crappie: Lake Jordan, AL.

by Ron Wong This central east Alabama lake is a virtual crappie factory. Nestled in Elmore County, Alabama is bountiful Lake Jordan. The lake attracted the Bassmaster Classic in 2004 which showcased the great fishery in the annual championship. However, bass is not the only abundant species in this 6,800-acre ...
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Planting the Passion Deep

by Ron Presley High school fishing clubs give youth anglers a chance to compete and enjoy fishing. For most anglers, the passion to fish begins at an early age with parents, grandparents, or friends. For some, it catches hold and becomes a lifetime hobby. In today’s fast-paced world of keyboards ...
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Be prepared for Weather Fronts by Kris Mann

Anglers should always have a contingency plan for weather fronts. Especially if the wind blows out of the north, we want to find a place to hide while at the same time finding super thick cover where frontal fish like to hide. The days preceding the approaching front can be ...
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The Complete Story of Jig Colors

by Greg McCain Today’s crappie anglers have an overabundance of colors to choose from. For the modern crappie fisherman, color options run the full range of the spectrum. Once confined to just a few basic colors and combinations, fishermen had to make do with the choices at hand. In plastics, ...
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Crappie Basics #192 Post Spawn Crappie – Frank Finley

The spawn bite is over in July and the crappies are headed back out to deeper water. That doesn’t mean you can’t still catch them. As a matter of fact, I think the bite gets better the hotter it gets. This is when I target suspended crappie on main lake ...
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April American Crappie Trail at Ross Barnett

by Ron Wong High winds greeted anglers at this April event, but that didn’t stop the winners from finding big fish Changing weather was the talk as the April American Crappie Trail tournament, presented by B’n’M Fishing, rolled around in April on Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson, Mississippi. Fishermen were ...
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Crappie Gear: Aqua-Vu — The Original Underwater Camera – www.aquavu.com

If you like to avoid the crowds by finding new spots to fish, the Aqua-Vu camera technology can help you do it. Used in conjunction with other fish-finding technologies it can be an important tool in your arsenal whether you fish recreationally or follow the tournament trails. Although tournaments do ...
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Summertime Grilled Crappie

To keep your kitchen a little cooler this summer, put your outdoor grill to work. To save time you can buy salad dressings and salsas. But to enhance your food’s taste make them with fresh ingredients. 4-6 fish fillets Italian dressing (homemade or store-bought) Fresh lemon Kosher salt and freshly ...
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Tournament Results

JUNE 1st PYMATUNING LAKE 1. Tom/Jeff 10.35 2. Andy/John 9.84 3. Bill/Jim 9.74 4. Jerry/Eric 9.47 5. Brandon/Tyler 8.99 BIG FISH 1. Brandon/Tyler 1.9 CENTRAL ILLINOIS CRAPPIE CLUB JUNE 2nd LAKE SHELBYVILLE 1. Brian Cleland/Dave Birch 5.88 2. Shawn Shelby/Mike Hopkins 5.87 3. Jim Garrett/Greg Kaiser 5.75 4. Tony Camden/Jeff ...
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Crappie Calendar

JULY 7th KANSAS CRAPPIE CLUB TORONTO LAKE CLUB JULY 13th CENTRAL ARKANSAS CRAPPIE ASSOC. LAKE NIMROD CLUB JULY 13th TWIN LAKES CRAPPIE CLUB BIG BEAR CLUB JULY 13th WAPPALLO WAPPAPELLO LAKE HIS & HERS JULY 20th BEAVER LAKE CRAPPIE ASSOCIATION BEAVER LAKE CLUB JULY 20th CRAPPIE ANGLERS OF TEXAS RICHLAND ...
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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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The Great Outdoors

Never Forget Why We Celebrate Independence Day Independence Day should be much more than fireworks, parades, picnics, baseball games, family cookouts, and maybe a fishing trip. Sadly, a lot of people have forgotten what Independence Day is all about. Adults need to be reminded and kids need to learn why ...
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