Bedding Areas for Crappie Fishing
How to create bedding areas for the perfect crappie fishing
There are many devices on the market that will help you navigate and find fishing spots perfect for the type of species that you are fishing for. Some devices can even give relative information regarding the surrounding objects underwater and the measurements of temperature and depth. For an experienced angler you might not find these devices useful when you have extended knowledge of species that you have been catching for years.
Using the knowledge that has been accumulated from experienced anglers there are certain ways to locate crappie beds. Finding them can be an easy task if you are using a sonar device and even if you have no equipment to help you. Crappie beds can be found in shallow areas during the spring and deeper areas during the colder months. It does not matter what time of year it is, crappie tend to migrate to areas that are rich in underwater logs and brush.
Building the Crappie Beds
There are plenty of ways to help nature along and set up the perfect crappie beds. The more that a bed is fished out of the higher chances of the crappie not revisiting the same one in their next year’s route. Therefore, changing the look of the crappie bed could help in bringing in new crappie, and bring the old ones back. If you are planning on fishing a certain area for a prolonged period of time creating beds might be a sure method of catching crappie.
In open areas, it may be necessary to use a pickup truck to haul in the type of brush that you need for the bedding. If the lake or pond that you are fishing is on the edge or surrounded by thick woods you can use this as an advantage and gather any types of brush or small fallen trees that you find close by.
Crappie Fishing from Beds
When fishing for crappie, the first thing that you do is find the perfect area where they will be known to feed or nest. If you have spent the time to build the beds, you know exactly where to find them. If you’re at a new area possible crappie bed locations are easy to find. Any type of fallen trees, under deteriorating logs, limbs, and other type of natural brush make awesome areas to fish for crappie.
Fishing out of crappie beds demands a certain type of fishing baits and hooks. Brass hooks are the ideal type to use and either number 1 or 2. There are a few reasons why brass hooks are better at catching crappie than any other hooks. One of the biggest reasons is that they are easily bent when being tugged on. If the hooked fish was to run up under brush or there was a snag on a tree limb underwater you can easily bend it and prevent breaking your line.
If you’re lucky enough to have a boat during the summer or winter months, fishing for crappie is an easy task. During the spring and fall, you can either fish by the shore or on a boat. No matter what time of year it is, the best way to fish a crappie bed is by being directly over top of it. If you don’t have a boat or can’t seem to get on top of the bed because of the brush, use a bobber and cast it as close to the bed as you can.