When crappies move deep in fall, modern electronics reveal their depth and location. Advanced trolling motors allow you to stay on active schools with ease.


In fall, crappies move to mid-depth basins from about 20 to 40 feet deep. Small #5 Jigging Rapalas are ideal for vertically fishing crappies in deep water.

Fall Crappies

In early fall, cooling water temperatures create chaos in the shallower water of lakes and reservoirs. Frigid rains and howling winds mix the surface layers, with the turbulence eventually reaching down to and disrupting the summer thermocline. Surface water temperatures plummeting from 65 F down to about 55 F indicate that the disruptive fall turnover [Read more…]

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Dr. Jason Halfen shares some great tips for catching river panfish during the dog days of summer. Visit for more info from Jason.

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Countdown to Suspended Crappies in Summer

Believe it or not, crappies are fairly predictable and easy to catch throughout the summer months if you understand their behavior.   After spawning, crappies desert the extreme shallows. As they regroup and school in early summer, they typically relate to the deep outer weedline in natural lakes, or to flooded standing timber in reservoirs. [Read more…]

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As water temperatures approach and rise above 60 F, crappies and bluegills sweep out pit-type nests for spawning. In natural lakes, crappies love to spawn in deep reedbeds; areas with dark bottom and thick, tangled overhead cover host some of the biggest fish in the lake. Use polarized sunglasses to peer into the deepest, thickest [Read more…]


Shallow crappies are both finicky and spooky, tucked within shallow weeds, reeds or wood cover. Polarized sunglasses reveal their location on calm, sunny days. The fish won’t chase fast-moving lures, but respond well to small jigs or livebaits dangled below bobbers.


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