Dec 2021


I can’t believe 2021 is winding down to just a month left this year!!  I think some mischievous Christmas elves stole our time this year!  We do have one month left to not only celebrate Christmas and see family but, also to steal away a couple days to catch some wonderful late fall/early winter crappie.  On warm days before cold fronts can be awesome.

This year, the crappie are still on timber and about to transition to suspending in open water near clouds of shad.  So, if you like catching the crappie near brush piles, docks, etc., this can still be productive until they move to the open water.

Break Some Crappie Rules

When the weather’s frosty, and a slight fog may be on the water, Brad Whitehead shoots docks to find slabs   Break the Rules to Catch More Winter Crappie by John E. Phillips Tournament fishermen know that to catch the biggest crappie in any lake, you need to fish a place where no one else […]

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Kansas Cold Weather Bonanza

Dustin Hobbs knows that the cold of winter can be a great time to catch big crappies in Kansas. (Contributed Photo)   Cold weather brings hot crappie fishing in Kansas by Brent Frazee   Dustin Hobbs looks forward to the kind of weather some, or most, fishermen dread. About the time fair-weather fishermen start storing […]

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Learn 2 Fish

Capt. Greg Karch with one of the obviously happy participants of this year’s Learn 2 Fish With Us clinics. (Contributed Photo)   Crappie Basics – A Great Year for Learn 2 Fish   With the end of the 2021 upon us, Learn 2 Fish With Us asked to thank all of its great sponsors for […]

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Crappie Basics

St. Croix just released its Tundra Series rods at the 2021 ICAST. They say the exciting new series is a culmination of ice-centric features and technologies wrapped in an extremely durable package at a retail-price range of $100 to $130.   Crappie Basics – St. Croix Targets Hard-Water Anglers   In northern climates long rods […]

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Dale Hollow

Capt. Corey Thomas has been a guide for only two years, but he says he has fished the professional crappie circuit for ten years. "Becoming a guide has always been my dream," he said. (Photo: Richard Simms)   Dale Hollow's Well-kept Crappie Secret by Richard Simms, CrappieNOW Editor   CELINA, Tenn. - If you are [...]

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors by Larry Whiteley   WE NEED THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS  Our world is divided. Vaccines or no vaccines. Mandates or no mandates. Masks or no masks. Social issues, race, gender, political parties, the economy. The list of divisions that divide us go on and on. It should be one nation under God, […]

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Destination: Lake Washington

The author, Ken Perrotte, is understandably pleased with this Lake Washington slab. Much of what Perrotte learned on Lake Washington will translate to other shallow-water lakes in the wintertime.   Destination: Lake Washington and Greenville, Mississippi by Ken Perrotte A fun year-round crappie hotspot for the whole family   The Mississippi Delta is a magical […]

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Vernon’s Recipes

  Christmas Crappie for a Unique Option by Vernon Summerlin   Last year I featured the elaborate Feast of Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve that dates back to the Roman era. This year I’m offering you several recipes that don’t focus on a certain date but keep them in mind to titillate your taste buds. […]

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Cleanup is necessary to help cure the trash problems in our waterways. It’s up to all of us to keep our waters clean. Be a solution, not the problem. (Contributed Photo)   Yamaha – More Than Just Great Motors by Tim Huffman A New Electric Powerhouse   Yamaha Marine introduced its HARMO electric outboard motor […]

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Crappie NOW How – Protect your Electronic’s Transducers

Transducers mounted to the back of the boat or on the trolling motor suffer a lot of abuse.  Factory brackets are not made to suffer a solid impact which can easily end with the need to replace the transducer.  A very costly item.  Using well made protectors such as Transducer Shield and Savers will solve […]

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Crappie NOW How To – Protecting your rods during transport and storage

Whether you transport your rods in a boat, truck or car plus in between fishing trips, rod protectors such as the Original Rod Sox Rod Glove will keep road grime, dirt and abrasive items from harming our crappie rods.  They are made for not only short rods but even long ones and come in different […]

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