There are a lot of ways that people fish for crappie, whether it be with minnows, small jigs, or other lures. While these are the more common methods, there are other ways to fill up a cooler with your limit of these highly sought after delicacies that may not be so apparent at the lake and may this technique may actually help you to catch more or even bigger ones… Crank baits and Deep Divers! There is the idea that when fishing for any kind of pan fish that smaller is better, which is generally true, but this is definitely one exception to that rule. If you know of a lake that is known having fairly large yearly harvests of crappie then all you need to do is tie on a few of these lures and drag them behind you just as you would for striped bass or white bass, only don’t troll as fast. If you have a gps on your boat that can tell you how fast you are going, 2 or 3 miles an hour is about the speed they usually bite at, depending on when and where you are fishing. As a lot of more experienced fisherman know, there may be certain colors that will work better than others so you may want to use a variety of them until you find out what they want. Pink and white are to of the more famous colors uses, as are red and chartreuse, or a sparkly green. Personally, I like to use a color that is called fire tiger that they seem to go crazy for. It is a dark orange, almost red color with black stripes on it. I don’t know what they think it is, but they seem to love it but use whatever seems to work for you. Whatever is clever!
I have used this method of slow trolling for crappie and have caught hundreds of them, including my biggest which was 14 and ¾ inches long. Of course there are also other fish that will grab these lures, such as different types of bass or even catfish. So, grab some sun screen and a few different colored crank baits or deep divers, troll slow as you would a little faster for bass and you should be filling your boat up with crappie scales and blood in no time. The feast is on!