Nov 2021

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If you Google the phrase “crappie trail” you will find what seems like a never-ending list of websites and events. Virtually all of them, however, will point you toward some form competitive crappie tournament.

That is great, IF you are interested in competitive crappie fishing. But if you are just a regular guy, or girl, who wants to crappie fish for fun, you won’t find much to help you out.

Do the same search for “golf trail,” however, and you will find great information for the everyday golfer, directing you to the best golf courses in a wide variety of states.

Lake Drawdown

When flood control reservoir water levels drop in the Fall, crappie anglers will often find fish that have simply backed off into deeper water, near those shallow water areas you were fishing in the summer. (Photo: Richard Simms)   Crappie Basics – Fishing and Scouting Low Water by Tim Huffman   Routinely all game fish, […]

Crappie Gear Overload

Blaine Salter, Jr. put on an absolute dock-shooting clinic for visitors to the 2021 Crappie Expo. (Photo: Tim Huffman)   Products and Tips from Crappie Expo 2021 by Tim Huffman   Crappie Expo 2021 and the Mr. Crappie Invitational Tournament were held in Shreveport Louisiana, October 1-3. Vendors filled the Shreveport Coliseum displaying boats and […]

Crappie Masters National Champions

Alex and T.J. Palmer show off two of the slabs and their championship trophies for winning the 2021 Crappie Masters National Championship on Lake D’Arbonne.   Palmers Fishing Dream Comes True by Kinny Haddox 2021 Crappie Masters National Championship   It isn’t that unusual for the winners of a major fishing event to get excited […]

Mississippi Boasts Six Top Crappie Lakes

(l-r) Professional crappie angler Steve Coleman and Ronnie Capps show of one reason Lake Grenada is one of the six Mississippi reservoirs featured on Mississippi Quail Trail. (Photo: Richard Simms)   Mississippi Crappie Trail by Larry Rea/Memphis Commercial Appeal   CrappieNOW Publisher Dan Dannenmueller and Mike Jones believe they have hit a home run in […]

Wisdom from Larry Whiteley

The Great Outdoors by Larry Whiteley   BLESSINGS I am not sure I deserve it but God has sure blessed me. He has blessed me with a wonderful family and great friends. He has blessed me to be able to live in America. I know it seems kind of broken right now but it has […]

Lake Fork, Texas Slabs

River Bottom Boys Guide Stephan Scudder shows off the best of Lake Fork with a black and white crappie. (Photo: Scott MacKenthun)   Everything Grows Big in Texas, Crappie Included by Scott MacKenthun   PROLOGUE Jacob “Bubba” Scudder was just a week past his 13th birthday when he was shot in the face with a […]

Vernon’s Recipes

  Crappie Burgers & Mayo by Vernon Summerlin   The origin of the burger may never be known but I think we can credit an angler’s wife for the creating the crappie burger. Some food historians believe that the hamburger was invented by a cook who placed a Hamburg steak (so called because its origin […]

Outdoor Writers Recognized

Besides coordinating and collaborating with our writers and contributing his own content periodically, CrappieNOW Editor Richard Simms also shares his freelance journalistic talents for other media outlets. We’re proud that Simms has amassed an impressive array of awards in outdoor journalism competitions across the country recently. TOWA EXCELLENCE IN CRAFT In Simms’s home state, the […]

Tournament Circuit Overview

If you’re interested in venturing into the world of professional crappie fishing, there are three main national circuits to chose from.   Considering Fishing a Crappie Tournament Circuit? by Tim Huffman Three National Trails Offer Good Options   Softball, golf and running have events for all skill levels from beginners to serious athletes. So does […]

Slender Plastics Work Wonders

Crappies often have a preference for long, slender plastic baits like Custom Jigs and Spins Wedgee. (Photo: Mike Gnatkowski)   Give Yourself a Wedgee! by Mike Gnatkowski Fishing with slender plastics is dynamite for crappies   We all remember wedgees back in high school. It was always better to be the wedgor than the wedgee! […]

Bass Anglers Love Crappie Too

Professional MLF bass angler David Walker has won more than $2 million on the pro bass circuit, but he is quickto admit he also has an addiction to crappie. (Contributed Photo)   Panfish Bait of the Future? Pro angler David Walker makes a case for crappies and ElaZtech®   Even among the nation’s best bass […]

Crappie NOW How To SAM’S SUPER SALT SERIES Pulling Rods

Crappie NOW How SAM’S SUPER SALT SERIES Pulling Rods Designed for shallow water fishing for trout and redfish, these rods will deliver everything you need to catch these fish at a great price. The genuine Portuguese cork handle feels great in your hand, and the exposed blank/touch system will add unbelievable sensitivity. Stainless guides are […]

Crappie NOW How To Anti-slip heat shrink tube for fishing rod

Crappie NOW How Make your Rod pop out when your looking for it in the boat. DIY Heat shrink technology sleeve wrap provides a durable non slip waterproof grip. Simply measure, cut, and insert into your rod handle. Then apply heat using a heat gun or hair dryer toward the sleeve. The heat will shrink […]