Fishing here in southern Oregon isn’t all about salmon and steelhead. A lot of times they can be quite elusive and frustrating to fish for. If you’re looking to do some catching rather than just fishing, crappie an turn that into a reality.
|My girlfriend with a Hoover Pond crappie|
This time of year they are in close and generally in big schools. This makes them easy to target especially for those of us who are bank bound. On a good day it’s pretty easy to catch 100+ fish in a few hours, and on a slow day you can still get into 20 or more. They aren’t going to be the biggest or hardest fighting fish, but they make up for it in pure numbers.
Most of the lakes and ponds around the Rogue Valley have good populations in them. Emigrant Lake, Agate Lake, and Selmac Lake are just a few of the spots that produce some good crappie fishing. When you’re out at one of these spots look for structure to start you’re fishing. Willows or any kind of bushes in 3-15 ft of water will normally hold a school. If you do some low water scouting look for dead christmas trees around the shore line as these are also hot beds that will hold lots of fish. The schools won’t always be in tight to the structure so fan out if you aren’t getting bites.
|A larger crappie caught on a Miracle Worm|
The set ups for crappie fishing are pretty simple and cheap. There are two main rigging’s that I use. The first is a 3 inch natural colored Miracle Worm by XFactor Tackle. I hook these onto a 1/32 ounce jig head right through the middle of the worm (also know as wacky rigged). Fish them 2-6ft under a bobber and slowly twitch them back to you. The other rigging I use is just a standard crappie tube. I set it up just like the miracle worm and fish it the same way.
I also use as small of a bobber as possible while still being able to cast a decent distance. Crappie can be very light biters sometimes and you’ll need a small bobber to see those bites. Also if you aren’t getting any bites change the depth you are fishing at before you switch spots.
If you’re fishing from a boat and bobbers aren’t producing any bites don’t be afraid to take them off. Slowly retrieving the jigs can be extremely deadly at times.
|Wacky Rigged Miracle Worm|
|Close up of the Miracle Worm set up|
|A look at the whole crappie jig set up|
|A close up of the crappie jig set up|
Hopefully this will help some of you get into a mess load of crappie, and don’t be surprised if you happen to tie into a fish like this…
|Jacque with a nice largmouth caught on a crappie jig|