Fall Crappie Fishing: difficult but not impossible
Although plentiful and easy to fish for in the summer, crappie can be difficult to target as the weather cools off. One thing anglers should do is look for good water as crappie can be found in areas with higher oxygen content. Target spots where streams dump into the lake or areas where the lake has yet to turn over. You could also head towards locations where the wind and waves are strongest. Another thing for anglers to remember is to pay attention to the weather. When it’s very sunny out crappie will stick close to the bottom, but when it’s cloudy they’re likely to be within a few feet of the surface. And lastly, try a variety of baits when you’re out crappie fishing. These should include bright, flashy lures during poor visibility and live bait during periods of lake turnover. It’s hard for crappie to turn down a jig tipped with a minnow.
To learn more about fishing for crappie in Michigan, check out their page on the DNR’s Michigan Fish & How to Catch Them website.
This tip was adapted from Michigan Outdoor News.