This image from a depth finder shows a massive cloud of baitfish between 5 and 10 feet deep gathered beneath the lights under the boat. (Photo: Richard Simms)
Crappie Tips: Step-by-Step August Crappie-Catching
Tired of baking in the sun? Crappie fish after the sun sets.
by Richard Simms
It’s so simple it hurts.
Step 1: Go to Amazon.com and buy two of these, although one might be enough or three might be better.
Step 2: Then an hour or two before sunset go to the bait store and buy three dozen tuffies (fathead minnow), give or take.
Step 3: Take your boat to your nearest crappie lake, find any brushpile, creek channel or dropoff 10-25 feet deep. Hook up your lights to a battery and drop them in the water about three feet deep as the sun is setting.
Step 4: Sit back and watch your depth finder slowly fill with the image of bait fish blocking out the bottom.
Step 5: Put your tuffies on a crappie hook beneath a float, or straight-line them down close to the bottom.
Step 6: Catch crappie.
This may be over-simplified. You can read much more in this great article by CrappieNOW writer Brent Frazee. But night-time crappie fishing under lights really isn’t rocket science.
Just go do it and we are betting you will be pleasantly surprised by the experience, and the results.