Although it may not be the first thing that enters into your mind when you think about crappie fishing, but crappie trolling can be an extremely viable method of finding the crappie. Because crappie are a schooling fish, if you can find one, it is very likely that you can find the rest of them. So let’s look into one method of making this happen.
Crappie Trolling, Getting Setup
When you are preparing to start crappie trolling, be sure to have several poles on hand. You can decide how many, but I would recommend at least four for a good start. Have several different weights on hand, from 1/4 ounce up to 3/4 of an ounce. Make sure you have some good crappie jigs ready to go as well. I would recommend having lighter colors to start with like green or white, with a green or red jig head.
Once you have your equipment lined out, get a topographical map of the area you want to fish, and look for structure changes, break points, and areas of cover. These areas are the more likely to hold fish. Then, grab the boat and the gear, set different weights on different lines so that you can fish some deep, some shallow, and some in between, and start trolling the areas you have laid out.
The Crappie Trolling Key
So here’s the key. Once you catch a crappie, you need to stop the boat. It is extremely unlikely to find a crappie all alone. So take the one fish that you have caught, and hook him on the end of one of your lines by the tail. Then give him plenty of line, and attach a bobber many feet (maybe 10 to 15 feet) above him.
The crappie that you have caught will inevitably swim back to the school, and because you are tracking him, he will lead you right to the rest of the fish. Give him plenty of line, and as slowly as possible, troll up onto the school of crappie and go fishing.
Once you have fished out the area, then just go to another area, and begin the process all over again. Now, I’ll encourage you, if you want to really get successful at this over time, to mark the spots on your topographical map or in a computer or GPS system, and record the date, time, weather conditions and water temperature. If you build a steady library of these statistics over time, you can become a tremendous fisherman, who rarely goes out without catching fish.
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