Crappie Fishing At Night
Little known to most crappie anglers is the fact that crappie are very active at night, and if you have good a night fishing for crappie trip can be quite amazing.
Actually, crappie night fishing anglers have used submerged light fishing to attract crappie at night for many years. The technology has advanced some, but the night fishing techniques are much the same.
If you are wondering why night fishing lights are so successful actually there is a scientific reason. You see underwater florescent lights attract what is called zoo plankton and the zoo plankton attract bait fish with intern attract game fish. Crappie cannot a resist a large swarm of bait fish it's an easy meal and that's why these lights are so successful when you are crappie fishing at night.
The best time to go night fishing for crappie is on hot summer nights.The temperature of the water regulates the body heat of the crappie, remember crappies are cold blooded. The crappie doesn't have a internal cooling system like we do and as result they are not active when it's hot outside, but when the water cools at night the crappie are on the move feeding.
You would think that the hot summer months it would not be a good choice to go crappie fishing. That is true if you attempt to go during the day but if you decide to go crappie fishing at night you may be in for quite a surprise. You see crappie, are a cold blooded fish species and when it gets hot during the day crappie are not very active. So when the water cools at night they are in a feeding mood.
Now in addition to using underwater fishing lights
you should also try using a Coleman lantern clamped or hung on a pole so you can adjust the projection of light beam out over the water.
Look for a clamping device so you can mount your lantern on the side of your boat ,dock or pole if your bank fishing for crappie at night. Try to shield the light so the entire light beam projects out to a spot on the water surface.
You will be amazed how many bugs you will attract near the projected light source. Now I do have to tell you that you will need plenty of insect repellent using this method, because the bugs will swarm around your lantern also.
After your lantern set up is complete wait about 15 20 minutes you should start to see small fish swarming near your projected light source. This is called a "bait ball" and you will want to fish the outer edges of the light source. Start fishing with live minnows, or switch it up and use florescent jigs tipped with minnows.
It is still very important for you to do some pre-planning and find a known crappie habitat area before nightfall. Once you have your lantern set up its time to drop your submerged light fishing into the water.
Try to lower your submerged light source as close to the center of the projected surface light source from your lantern. With a good fishing light combination you should see a good increase in your crappie catching efforts.
Crappie have a distinct advantage over the bait fish at night because of their keen color vision at night. Most bait fish cannot detect color at night and do not move or react as quickly as the crappie or other game fish can at night.
The crappie can wait patiently just outside the beam of your submerged light fishing and attack the bait fish and feed at will because the bait fish cannot react quickly enough the escape from the crappie.
It has been known for sometime that fish , shrimp, and insects are attracted to light at night, but you probably are asking yourself what color is best at night? The answer to this question is the color blue or green fishing lights because they attract both insects and the crappie.
A good propane lanterns are easy to find and purchase in most department stores for under 50$. Make sure you buy one that has a double mantle for more illumination power. You can find quality submersible fishing lights on the internet for under 200$.
Good submersible green fishing lights should include long power cables so you can suspend you fishing light at different depths. The light should also have quality battery clamps to attach to 12 volt battery such as a car battery.
Well that ends our article today if you take anything from this information just remember that using two types of night fishing lights when you go fishing for crappie at night can up your chances of having a great night fishing trip.
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