Submerged Brush-piles Provide Hot Summer Crappie Action

Submerged brushpiles & Summer Crappie

The dog days of summer are upon us. It is getting hot outside, and the Summer Crappie fishing can be just as hot if you know where to find them.

After the spring spawn, most fish will move to deeper water when the temperature begins to rise. Crappie will also tend to follow this pattern. However, they may not stage in as deep of water if there is suitable structure for them to hold on.

Crappie love to hang out around submerged brush-piles. They can also be in varying depths. Conventional wisdom says to fish water that is anywhere from 10 – 30 ft deep, but the Crappie will also hold in shallower water. If you are close to the shoreline, look for a fallen tree that has fell close to an underwater channel or drop.

Crappie Like to Move Around

Crappie are known to be nomadic in nature, and a good depth finder can really help you find fish. Look around submerged brush-piles as your primary location to find Summer Crappie. Crappie are not the most predatory fish in the water, and the brush-piles give the Crappie not only shelter from their enemies, but a chance to pounce on an unsuspecting shiner.

Crappie are Usually Suspended

Crappie are also known for suspending off the bottom.  When fishing with live bait, fish about a foot off the bottom, and if you don’t get a bite after a few minutes, come up another foot or so.  Experiment until you find where they are.  If you do have a depth finder, it could give you a better idea of how deep to start.

If you are jig fishing, fish slow and light on the drop.  Don’t forget to try different colors until you find what works, but I almost always start with chartreuse.  You might also tip your offering with a live minnow for an enhanced offering.

Improve Your Chances of Finding Crappie by Trolling a Wide Area

Another way many anglers catch Crappie in the Summer is by trolling.  There is a technique known as spider-rigging where you set out several poles at varying depths for more water coverage.

Another thing that you must take into consideration as the water gets warmer is the stratification in deeper waters.  If you are fishing in a lake that is say 30 ft deep, as the water heats over the summer, the oxygen levels get extremely low in the deeper water.  In this instance, the fish may be found in 30 ft of water, but they will definitely be holding only 15 ft deep.  The key to take away is to not fish too deep the later it gets in the summer.

Summer Crappie fishing can be a blast if you happen upon a submerged brush-pile that is holding fish.  As you fish your local lake or river, make a note of where you find brush-piles throughout the year.  These brush-piles may be the key to Summer Crappie fishing success.

Helpful Videos:

Dippin’ trees for summer Crappie

Todd Huckabee and Barry Morrow catch crappie around submerged timber on Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma. Changing weight proves to be the key to unlocking the bite as conditions change on this summer day.

Catching crappie in July

They say it can’t be done – catching crappie in July. The trick is in the technique. Scott County’s David Rodgers shows Farmer that it only begins with holding your mouth right.


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