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Three-Way Rigging Tiny Crankbaits for Fall Crappies

In fall, crappies drop to the bottom in moderately deep basins. Three-way rigging small crankbaits covers water to locate and catch crappies on the prowl.

Mobile Tactics for Prespawn Crappies

Crappies waiting to move shallow in spring often relate to weedgrowth at the mouths of spawning bays. Cast and swim small jigs or micro crankbaits to locate and catch pods of roaming fish.

Summer Crappies

Water temps in the high 60Fs and low 70Fs are a good indicator that summer crappies are beginning to set up and school along primary drop-offs to modestly deep basins. Not 70- to 80-foot basins, mind you; more like 30 to 40 is pretty much ideal in most waters. At the...

Technique of the Week Bobbers Show 4

Bobbers are essential panfishing components -- shallow, deep and in between. Here are some tips for using them to catch panfish in shallow water during the spring season.

Dropshotting for Bluegills During the Summer

Have you tried dropshotting for bluegills? If not, you're missing out! In the summertime, one critter that doesn't get a lot of attention is the bluegill. It seems like after the spawn, people lose their focus on catching these magnificent fish, and today, Dan and I...

Backwater Crappies – An Autumn River Bonanza

Recently, we published an article on fall crappies in lakes and reservoirs, stating how the fish dropped to middepth basins and structures after the fall turnover. These areas provide stable conditions and abundant forage for crappies during both fall and...

Tactics for Early Fall Crappies

Crappies are notorious sight feeders that often examine baits for long periods of time before reluctantly striking, but that's not always the case. Under the right conditions, crappies can be surprisingly aggressive, despite their tentative nature. In early fall...

Top Trophy Panfish Destinations Across the Upper Midwest

Trophy panfish are widely available, although they don’t just grow big everywhere. Larger waters tend to produce the biggest perch, while smaller, off-the-beaten-path lakes tend to put up the largest bluegills. Crappies can achieve large size in numerous lakes as long...

Targeting Mid Summer Crappies

During those mid summer months your electronics are absolutely vital for finding bluegill and crappies. Most anglers tend to think that mid summer crappies are only related to the deep weed line. While you can find good numbers of crappies spread out along the weed...

Summer at the Lake

Summer at the lake means family activities like fishing, swimming, boating, food and fun. Keep fishing tactics simple, focusing on biters like panfish and bass to ensure action and excitement.
Targeting Fall Crappies

Targeting Fall Crappies

The heat and humidity of summer have started to subside – cooler days are on the horizon.  As we approach another season change, another change in fish patterns follows closely behind.  Water temperatures are starting to drop, leaves are falling, and fish start to put...

Targeting Mid Summer Crappies

Targeting Mid Summer Crappies

During those mid summer months your electronics are absolutely vital for finding bluegill and crappies. Most anglers tend to think that mid summer crappies are only related to the deep weed line. While you can find good numbers of crappies spread out along the weed...

Panfish Rods with Tony Roach

Panfish Rods with Tony Roach

Panfish rods have really changed over the last decade. I can think back to the day when we used short ultra light noodle rods with no backbone. It is amazing to think about what products are out there today for precision panfishing and panfish rods. You can find the...

Fixed Float vs Slip Float

Fixed Float vs Slip Float

When it comes to panfish that are in a neutral or negative mood so often we need to fish with a float and that's simply because there's no better way to keep a bait motionless in front of those fish in order to trigger a strike. There are two primary types of floats....

2 Big Keys to Catching Open Water Panfish

2 Big Keys to Catching Open Water Panfish

Speed is a critical factor when it comes to crappies or any other open water panfish for that matter; spring, summer or fall. Even when the fish are really aggressive, you can't move your bait too fast. As I go throughout the different seasons, many factors will...

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