Use a Telescopic Fishing Pole to Reach Spring Crappie

Spring is rapidly approaching and as the temperature heats up, so does the crappie action.  Crappie will start moving in to spawn when the water temperature climbs to anywhere between 52 – 60 degrees.  When these slabs move to the shallow water, one of the best ways to catch them is the use of a Telescopic Crappie fishing pole or a long cane pole.  These poles allow the angler to drop a bait in a hole that they would not otherwise be able to cast to.

Telescopic fishing poles and rods come in a variety of lengths and designs.  Most are about 2-3 ft long and extend out to 10-12 ft.  Some models even extend out 16 ft or more.  Some telescopic fishing rods hold a reel while others are just the pole themselves.  If you are new to crappie fishing, and want to try out the sport without spending a lot of money, try the telescopic fishing poles without the reel holder.  They work like a cane pole, but are more manageable because they can be shrunk down for storage and hauling.

Crappie will move in and bed in the shallow water near stumps, logs, rocks, or anything else that may give them cover.  This is the one time of the year when someone who is bank fishing for crappie has an equally good chance of catching high quality crappie as the guy who is fishing in a boat.

If you are fishing from the bank, you want to approach your site quietly.  Do not make a lot of noise, and do not drop items in the water creating a commotion.  Try to find cover that you can extend your telescopic fishing pole to and drop your line in quietly.

If you are fishing from a boat, it is also important that you approach your fishing site slowly and quietly.  Crappie can be easily spooked.  Don’t pull the boat up to where you want to fish.  Stay off the site as far as possible and use your telescopic fishing rod or cane pole to reach your desired fishing spot.

There are multiple ways to rig your line.  One of the keys to crappie fishing is the weight of the line that you use.  The lighter line that you can use, the better.  I prefer the Stren Monofilament 4lb test Hi Visibility line myself.  Anything between 2 lb test line up to 10 lb test will work.  I shy away from the 2 lb test because occasionally you will stumble upon a white bass or hybrid bass, and the 2 lb test is a little weak if you get a larger fish.  I try to steer clear of the 8 and 10lb test lines because it can sometimes be harder to pick up the bite on a heavier line.

Some fishermen prefer to fish with a tight-line method.  Tie your hook on the bottom with a split shot weight a few inches above.  Crappie will seldom just gobble it up.  Normally they will bump the bait and either give lots of slack, or run sideways.  If either of these scenarios happen, raise up and catch your crappie.

Others fishermen prefer to use a bobber.  Tie a stop on your floating bobber that allows your hook or jig to settle at the desired depth.  If you are fishing with a jig and the fishing is slow, some fisherman will lip-hook a live minnow on the jig for an enhanced presentation.

By far the most effective bait is a live minnow on a small hook, but a 1/8,1/16 or 1/32 oz jig can work great as well.  Just experiment with various depths and offerings until you find the right combination.

Try fishing with a telescopic fishing pole the next time you go Spring fishing for crappie.  You will reach places you’ve never been able to reach before, and catch fish you never could before.  Best of luck to you and make it a Crappie day!