Craig Nichols says after the spawn, crappie are going to find
some wood and the right tactics can convince them bite.
Crappie Basics: Post Spawn Tactics
The days are coming, perhaps already here for many anglers, when crappie flee their shallow-water spawning areas. For many anglers it seems like a ghostly “disappearing act.”
But Oklahoma guide Craig Nichols, also known as “The Crappie Cowboy,” tells CrappieNOW Senior Writer Tim Huffman that, “Crappie will go to the stumps and timber after the spawn. Exact conditions on your home lake depends upon water clarity, the type of lake and other factors. But spend some time on the water and you’ll learn their movements.”
Nichols says he focuses on six-to-12-foot depths. He downsizes his lures and uses 12 or 13-foot rods to drop lures down and then “dead stick” them.
“That means I hold it still for a while and give the fish time to bite,” said Nichols.
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