Steve McCadams, a information on Kentucky Lake, can’t perceive why crappie anglers solely fish the spawn. “They’re there all 12 months,” says McCadams. “And fall is likely one of the higher occasions to catch them.” The rationale? Steady climate situations make the chew extra predictable, and dropping water ranges make the fish simpler to sample.
1. Sizzling Spots
Deal with water 9 to 15 ft deep with construction like brushpiles or stake beds. “Whenever you discover the construction, you’re going to search out the fish,” says McCadams. He tosses marker buoys upwind each time he finds a great place.
2. Take 5
McCadams fishes a chartreuse-white or orange 1⁄32- to 1⁄16-ounce jig dressed with a 1.5-inch crimson or chartreuse tube. He pinches a No. 5 break up shot eight inches above the jig to maintain the road straight with out hurting the motion.
three. Hover Mode
On most days McCadams will use his trolling motor to arrange straight over the construction and drop his bait proper within the strike zone. “I don’t jig the lure so much. I maintain it proper over the mattress and perhaps do a light-weight twitch with the rod tip.”
four. Have a Solid
If there’s no wind and the water is obvious, the fish might be extra finicky. On this case, McCadams will again off and solid a weedless grub or jig—sometimes below a slip bobber—and work it again slowly with a stop-pause retrieve.