Crappie Blog

Rend Lake Buckbrush: Love it or hate it

April 21, 2021

By Greg McCain Fred Mooney acknowledges a love-hate relationship with the buckbrush on Rend Lake. The gnarly plant is a crappie haven in the spring, providing the best of habitat for spawning purposes. Few lakes have as much buckbrush as Rend, the 18,900-acre fishery in southern Illinois. “It’s basically what made Rend Lake famous,” said…read more

Big Crappie Bash An Overwhelming Success

April 13, 2021

By Greg McCain Rusty Proffitt and Jamie Mitchell live in prime crappie country in east Tennessee. They normally fish lakes like Douglas or Cherokee near their home in Morristown. Yet when they heard of the ACC Crappie Stix Big Crappie Bash presented by Crappie Cove, they knew a trip to Watts Bar Lake was in…read more

New line offers superior qualities

April 12, 2021

By Greg McCain Fishermen forever seek better efficiency in their craft. They tinker, they adjust, they change. Finding the perfect line for crappie fishing is always part of that equation. One expert suggests braid. Another proposes fluorocarbon, while others fish with a combination of the two. At least a few stick with old-school ways and…read more