Slab hunter John Godwin shows proof positive you can catch big slabs in the heat of the summer.
This one came from the Alabama River near Elmore County. (Photo: Richard Simms)
Here are some great simple tips for seeking summer crappie from our friends at TakeMeFishing.org
FIND THE BRUSH – It’s a simple fact. Find underwater brush piles in the summer and you are likely to find crappie hanging around. Submerged brush piles, fallen timber, beaver lodges, dock pilings, etc. are always a good place to start when learning how to fish for crappie.
DOWNSIZE – If you are single pole fishing versus trolling, light line and small jigs are traditional summer crappie fishing tackle.
GO DEEP – Summer crappie fishing tips also should take into account that many fish seek cooler depths during mid-day. Depending on the wind, you may find it difficult to get tiny jigs to the bottom but heavier tail-spinners, jigging spoons, or medium crankbaits can be great crappie fishing lures too.
FISH IN THE DARK – A specialty floating light can bring the crappie to you. Small fish and insects are attracted to the light and the crappie won’t be far behind. Crappie fishing at night can be very productive. Even without a light, pay attention to insect hatches.
BAIT – Small minnows always are included among crappie fishing tips but, depending on the summer heat, can be difficult to keep alive. Investing in a floating bucket and/or changing water frequently will help. Recently expired minnows still make a great addition to a jig.
Utilizing these basic summer crappie fishing tips will put filets in the freezer.