Crappies are commonly found in still lakes and reservoirs throughout the year.
They often stay hidden under the cover of brush piles, underwater structures, and human-made structures. Catching fish in still water is already a fun endeavor, but catching fish in rivers where there is a constant flow of water is whole new game. Learning how to river fish for crappie presents new thrill and adventure for anglers. Here we will share tips and tricks on catching and locating river crappies.
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River crappies usually stay in the mouth of a feeder creek or ditch that is connected to the main channel. You’ll often find crappies in these creeks when the current is slow. You can also find crappies in other parts of a river like under logs, rock piles, brush piles, stumps, and even a point. Points provide crappies a sort of shield from the force of the current, so they often stay behind these points. Anything that breaks the current is a good place to look for river crappies.
Further, when locating river crappies, it’s useful to look for sandbars or eddies if there are any. The current that flows from the floodgates of the river will rotate around the sandbars and eddies, and the inward curve of the sandbars will provide a refuge or cover for crappies. Crappies will be along the inner sides of these sandbars and eddies so that’s where you would want to look.
Rivers tend to have strong currents during certain times of the year, so we need to know how best to approach river crappie fishing in a strong current. If you have located underwater structures in the river before, you have to keep in mind that if the river has a constant flow of current, the underwater structures may move or shift quickly. So you may not find a sandbar in the same location where you found it before. Always stay on the lookout for these kinds of drastic changes.
A sonar fish finder will come in handy for crappie fishing in currents since it will give you a detailed view of what’s below. Locating river crappies in a river with constant current is tricky. You may find yourself spending more time in looking for crappies than actual fishing for them.
*Carefully study the structure of the river you’re fishing in. If you can, do some research online or offline about the river’s structures and where you can find crappies. This can save you a lot of time on the day you decide to go crappie fishing in a strong current.
*You can ask customers or the staff at fishing stores if they’ve fished in a certain river before. They may be able to give you a firsthand and detailed account of what it’s like to fish for crappies in that particular river.
River crappie fishing can be intimidating for some anglers. However, learning how to river fish for crappie will give you more options of where to fish and will certainly be an exciting challenge. When locating river crappies, focus on finding cover and underwater structures. River crappie fishing, when done right, can be as productive as crappie fishing in lakes.