Black Crappie Fishing
Promoxis nigro-maculatus, is the scientific name of black crappie, member of sunfish family. Black crappie is also known as calico bass or papermouth. The most popular amongst beginners and professional fisherman, since they are the easiest to catch. Fishing enthusiast is challenge to seek the black Crappie. They can be distinguished for their 7 dorsal spines and dark blotches skin.
Black crappie is most frequently seen in the northern states and some parts of Canada. They can still be found in the southern states too. Crappie can be found all over the country, making it easy to catch.
The adult black crappie is regularly around 6-12 inches in length and weighs from 2 to 3 pounds. It is possible for the black crappie to get bigger and weigh more Black crappie has a very slim body shape and dorsal fin spines. Black Crappies are close to piers and shallows when spawning season. They look for places that they can lay their eggs. But colder months they can't be found, since they stay at deeper waters.
Temperature of the water affects the way crappie would react to bait. They move faster in warmer water that in cooler water. You can used various ways of catching crappie. They are not particular with baits especially when their hungry unlike other freshwater fish.
The best approach to catch crappie is with the use of spinning rod, an inch and a half bobber and a small feathered jig. Set your bobber on the fishing line, three feet below the bobber place your jig. Used yellow jig for sunny days and a black jig for cloudy days. Then cast it all together out on the shore as far as you can then let it set in the water for a few minutes. If there's no bite from crappie, give your line a hard twitch so that the bobber is pulled under water with a loud splashing sound. Take about six turns on your reel then let it set for another few minutes. Just keep repeating this until you have brought your lure close to shore then repeat.*