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

Trolling rods. Which ones do I choose?

I have been thinking a lot about which size trolling rods should a fisherman decide to use. Should they go with the 14′ or the 16’s? That is the question. Here’s where we can start. The 14’s are a little more stout basically because they aren’t as long (obviously) and easier to manage for beginners…read more

Take a load off and be productive.

As you may know I was  not a huge fan of spider rigging but I starting to switch to the other side. Luckily I have access to some of the best in the business at trolling (spider rigging) and I lean on them heavily for rod design and information. I have also been fishing 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

How to become “Pro Staff”.

We get asked every day by folks wanting to be on our pro staff. I can cross off about 95% in about 3 seconds. I can tell you some things NOT to say. Don’t ever say ” Hey give me some rods and I will post to Facebook”.  This one is hilarious. Don’t ever say…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 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 4: Why Proper Boat Position Is Critical to Catching Crappie

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

Day 3: What to Do about Fishing the Mud and Flood Stage Water in the Winter

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