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Outdoors with Big Country – Crappie in the Fall

Randy crappie 300KENTUCKY (10/5/12) – For most outdoor enthusiasts that are heading to the Woods chasing Whitetails, this is also a great time to be packing your fishing rods to your favorite "Honey Hole" to wet a hook and catch a few Crappie!

October is one of the foggiest months of the year due to the temperature difference in the air and water. And, when there is fog, there is no wind about. I love it on the water when the Crappie are biting and the water is as slick as a mirror, so to speak. It makes fishing a lot easier when you are out in your boat and there's not much wind, and you don't have to wrestle the wind.
 
During the month of October the Crappie are similar as in April when the water temperature hits about 72 degrees or lower. The Crappie are active according to water temperature and weather fronts, and also I pay attention to the barometer. Steady is good!
 
When fishing for Crappie, remember that their eyes are on top of their head and they look upwards to feed. With this in mind, it's always good to fish your bait from shallow too deep until you locate a few and concentrate then on presentation of your bait. Also, as in the Spring, Crappie are structure oriented fish, so head for the nearest tree limb off the bank, Beavers lodge, stickups, rocks, tree tops, and fish attracters.
 
Also don't forget that Crappie spook easily. Be easy and quiet when trolling along in your boat. Sound carries in the water, such as a boat paddle being dropped in the bottom of the boat may sound like a loud drum beat under water to suspended fish.

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My suggestion when Crappie fishing with a minnow or small jig is to use at least six pound test fishing line, or, if you're an experienced angler, four pound test monofilament line works great rigged up on a long B&M Crappie pole! I use a ten foot graphite pole rigged with a 1/32oz. skirt tail jig. My favorite color is Chartreuse and red with a red hook. Also, pearl and green/red skirt tails are a favorite.
 
When I'm not flipping my 10' pole, I am casting jigs with a good feeling graphite seven foot spinning rod.
 
Select a good calm day that has overcast skies and you'll have the ingredients of catching fish all day long. On bright sun-shiny days the Crappie are light sensitive and they will be deeper on these bluebird sunny days.
 
Stay safe on the lake and hopefully your day will be a Crappie day! Good luck and good fishing!
 
Randy Adams
Outdoors with Big Country

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