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Catching Crappie

Crappie can be caught year-round, but the best time is during the spring spawning season when the fish are in shallow water and relatively easy to locate. Crappie often congregate in groups; if one is caught, more are usually present. From mid-February to mid-June, they are generally found in less than 15 feet of water in coves, along submerged creek channels, near submerged islands or in other areas of good cover.

Think light and small when rigging for crappie. Ultralight gear is plenty heavy and multiplies the fun. Using minnows as bait will catch crappie, and some guides say dead ones work even better than live ones. The best artificial lures include various types of jigs and small spinners ranging from 1/32 to 1/8 ounce.

 Randy Brudnicki | TPWD

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