Critical Concepts... Crappie Location
Crappie fishing upon Lake Cumberland is one of the best kept secrets of the lake, outside of walleye of course! Sure, you have a handful of the local population that is on the hunt during the Spring and Fall seasons when fish are a bit more active and/or aggressive. But you just don't have a metric ton of fisherman out crappie fishing all season long. Why is this? This mostly occurs because the average crappie fisherman doesn't have the critical concept knowledge of crappie habitat patterns of migrating fish.
Location, location, location... You cannot catch them if you cannot find them!
The art of locating fish is based on many variables. Armed with the proper knowledge and equipment you can turn an average day on the water into a day to remember!
Where are the slabs, why are they where they are, and how long will they stay in this location? These are the typical questions asked by crappie anglers over the years. I believe mainly because anglers hit a school of fish one day, catch an abundance of fish and return to the same location the following day only to find that the bite is off... Does this sound familiar? Well, you are not alone. As previously stated this is due to many variables in the crappie pattern such as; Habitat, Seasonal Conditions, Barometric Pressure, Water Clarity & Temperature, Types of Structure, and Movement Patterns based on Water Tables and on and on... So where are the fish?
Where Are The Fish?
Well that is the million dollar question isn't it. The answer is... "It Depends"! It depends on all of the variables mentioned thus far and on those that we have not discussed, and on the time of year and the up to the minute weather and lake conditions. Armed with this magnitude of knowledge your guide will put you on the fish. Once the fish are located, the proper tactics to triggering the strike based on all the different variables is the key to success for slab crappies all year long.
What does it all mean? Below are a few other variables to think about when out on the water. Some we have already mentioned in this post and some we have not. The following information is for Fall to Winter periods:
- The best crappie fishing tends to occur when the water temperature at the surface is between 40°F and 50°F
- Fishing depth doesn't necessarily correspond to water color, clarity, or light penetration, but fish tend to go to deeper water as the seasons progress
- Crappie tend to head for wood cover and steep drops during most of the Fall Season
- What to learn more? Then please consider an outing with a local fishing guide. This is the easiest way to get some first hand knowledge and gain some experience
Schedule a Guided Crappie Trip with Us
If you are after some slab crappie and are going to be in the Lake Cumberland area, please consider scheduling a trip with us. We would enjoy your company for a fun filled day on the water.
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