Thankfully Spring is over!

Don’t be frustrated that Spring was a bust on most lakes. We love Spring time but it’s not our favorite time of the year to catch Crappie. When the spawn is over and the fish get back to a stable pattern the fishing actually gets more predictable. The storms should be slowing down along with…read more

A cork and a minnow.

It’s just about as simple of a set up as you can get. However, it has brought the demise of many a monster Crappie. We all remember starting fishing as a kid sitting on the bank watching a bobber go under so it stands to reason that watching one go under now will bring back…read more

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Casting rods vs. jigging rods. Which model is which? Any rod 8′ and under is considered a rod designed to cast jigs. You can also use these rods to pull or vertical jigs however they have a large spinning guide and are made for spinning reels. Rods that are 10′ to 12′ are designed…read more

Find the channel! “The Grand Lake Guy” Paul potter.

How to Locate Winter Crappie Slabs by Paul Potter, Grand Lake Pro Fishing Guide 90% of the fish in a lake reside in just 10% of the actual lake. Now you are probably asking yourself, “How do I find this magical 10% section that holds all the active fish?” That is exactly what we are…read more

Day 1: Why Texan Kennieth Pierce Fishes a Single ACC Crappie Stix Rod

Editor’s Note: Thirty-five year-old Kennieth Pierce of Quinlan, Texas, fishes Lake Arlington in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as his home lake. Pearce’s daddy started him crappie fishing when he was 5-years old. I’m a single-pole guy, and I fish brush and open water. I have a Humminbird Mega 9 DI (https://hummingbird.johnsonoutdoors.com/fish-finders/helix/) on the front end…read more

Day 5: How and Why to Crappie Fish at Clinton Lake in Early Spring

Editor’s Note: Twenty-seven-year-old Reagan Smith (Reag’s Guide Service) of Tremont, Illinois, says he’s been crappie fishing forever, and he’s been guiding crappie fishermen for the last three years. “All the lakes I fish are more or less in Central Illinois. I guide on Lake Springfield in Springfield, Illinois; Sangchris Lake near Rochester, Illinois; and Clinton…read more

Day 4: How Reagan Smith Drop Shots for Wintertime Crappie at Illinois’ Lake Sangchris

Editor’s Note: Twenty-seven-year-old Reagan Smith (Reag’s Guide Service) of Tremont, Illinois, says he’s been crappie fishing forever, and he’s been guiding crappie fishermen for the last three years. “All the lakes I fish are more or less in Central Illinois. I guide on Lake Springfield in Springfield, Illinois; Sangchris Lake near Rochester, Illinois; and Clinton Lake…read more

Day 3: How to Jig Bridges for Crappie

Editor’s Note: Twenty-seven-year-old Reagan Smith (Reag’s Guide Service) of Tremont, Illinois, says he’s been crappie fishing forever, and he’s been guiding crappie fishermen for the last three years. “All the lakes I fish are more or less in Central Illinois. I guide on Lake Springfield in Springfield, Illinois; Sangchris Lake near Rochester, Illinois; and Clinton…read more

Day 2: How to Fish for Crappie and White Bass in 30 Degree Water at Lake Springfield

Editor’s Note: Twenty-seven-year-old Reagan Smith (Reag’s Guide Service) of Tremont, Illinois, says he’s been crappie fishing forever, and he’s been guiding crappie fishermen for the last three years. “All the lakes I fish are more or less in Central Illinois. I guide on Lake Springfield in Springfield, Illinois; Sangchris Lake near Rochester, Illinois; and Clinton…read more

Day 5: How to Decide Whether to Spider Rig or Vertical Jig

Editor’s Note:  Jonathan Phillips of Wetumpka, Alabama, guides on both the Coosa and the Alabama rivers and lakes, mainly Lake Jordan near his home, and fishes crappie tournaments with his wife, Alicia, as his partner. He’s the winner of one state crappie championship and has had numerous wins with top-10 finishes in state and national…read more