Crappie Fishing for the Holidays

Crappie fishing during the holiday vacation time can be extremely rewarding if you know how to fish for crappie in the middle of December in rather cold water. Since crappie tend to collect in schools, once you catch one fish, it is highly plausible that you will then begin to catch many more. However, you first need to get your bearings and know where to begin in order to catch your Christmas fish.  

At this time of year, the water will likely be somewhere in the 40 degree range. While the temperature could fluctuate drastically day to day, it is usually a safe bet to assume it is somewhere in the 40s or if you are in the southern parts of America, the water could be in the 50 degree and even 60 degree range at this time of year. Whatever the temperature, you will still be able to catch your crappie.  

Once you are at your fishing location, you will want to begin searching for a place to cast around old creek and river channels. Here, water will likely vary in depth from 20 to more than 60 feet deep. Ride the lips of these channels searching for older trees that are within around 10 feet of the surface. The water level in these lakes will always vary each year. While some years it may seem deep and rather easy to fish in, other years this is anything but the case. Once you find your tree, however, place a marker buoy over the side of your boat so that you have a reference as to where you are positioned.  

Begin using a 1/8 oz jig head that is affixed with a tiny, curly tail. You can also have with you some yellow, chartreuse and white ones that are 1/16 oz. If the water is somewhat clear, start by using the white jig. However, if the water is muddy or stained, you will then want to dust off your chartreuse lure. 

When it comes to your fishing gear, I recommend using spinning gear and light, six foot long rod. Your fishing line should be no bigger than a six pound test line as well. Always observe how your jig is hanging. One way to endure that it is on securely is by tying a clinch knot and then tying that down. You will need to be sure that the jig and the eye of the hook are parallel to the water’s surface. You need the jig to appear to the fish like a tiny minnow that is barely moving in the water. Before long, you will be reeling in your holiday dinner!