Editor In Chief Doug Stange: We share everything we know with readers. There are tips, however, that are hot and that generally still haven’t caught on around the country. For one, try adding baits like Berkley Crappie Nibbles or the Nitro Gems (by Eagle Claw) to lures and hooks, for added color contrast and scent on crappie presentations. The other overlooked item is the simple addition of a tiny spinner and beads (and perhaps a Crappie Nibble) to an Aberdeen hook to enhance the effectiveness of the rig when a minnow’s placed on the hook for panfish. These rigs may also be available commercially from companies like Eagle Claw and H.T. Enterprises.
- The Woods is top-notch for black crappies to 16 inches, says In-Fisherman contributor Jeff Gustafson. Many crappies on this massive water have never seen lures, so once you find them, the numbers and quality are second to none, he says. Action starts in mid-May, with fish moving to shallow areas with cover. After spawning in early June, target them on weedflats in 6 to 10 feet of water. Float-and-jig combinations excel. Also try small suspending jerkbaits and swimming marabou jigs. Contact: Guide Dave Bennett, davebennettoutdoors.com, 807/466-2140; Guide Jamie Bruce, brucescanadianangling.com, 807/466-7134.