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Catching Crappie: No Boat, No Problem

Day 3: Jeff Williams Says Rent a Boat Slip and/or Fish from Docks to Catch Crappie Without a Boat

Editor’s Note: Jeff Williams is the owner of Outdoor BrandZ in Grove, Oklahoma. He makes and distributes the Fle-Fly jig ( Competitive crappie fishermen and other crappie fishermen have been putting a lot of emphasis on spider rigging for crappie (slow trolling with often as many as 12 to 14 poles out at one time). But many of us still like to single pole fish for crappie with jigs and minnows by fishing from the bank or the dock and wading.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewOne place you always can find crappie throughout most of the year is under or near floating boat docks. Most people who rent slips in a boat dock will put brush at the back end or the front end of that boat slip. Ask the marina owner if you can fish in one of those vacant slips. If you can’t fish there, consider the possibility of leasing one of those slips just as though you have a boat to put in it. But instead, sink brush or stake beds in the slip. Crappie will come to brush. If you put brush in a boat slip, you can go to your slip and fish any time of the day or night and at any time of the year. This tactic works best on deepwater floating docks.

Depending on how much you have to pay per month for the boat slip to fish for crappie, you may want to get two or three families who don’t have boats to divide the cost of renting the boat slip for the year. Then all the families have a place they can fish and catch crappie. Most of these boat slips will be covered and lighted and will provide you a dry place to fish in inclement weather and a lighted place to fish at night.

How do you fish for and catch crappie regularly regardless of the weather? Email me at I’d like to know.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewFor more information on crappie and crappie fishing, check out our two Kindle books “Crappie: How to Catch Them Fall & Winter” and “Crappie: How to Catch Them Spring and Summer. You can also buy the print version of “Crappie: How to Catch Them Fall and Winter” at

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Tomorrow: Jeff Williams Says to Bargain, Barter or Pay for a Pier or a Dock to Fish for Crappie

Check back each day this week for more about Catching Crappie: No Boat, No Problem"

Day 1: Jeff Williams on No Boat Crappie Fishing – Wading and Bank Fishing
Day 2: Bet on the Riprap and the Culverts to Catch Crappie with John E. Phillips
Day 3: Jeff Williams Says Rent a Boat Slip and/or Fish from Docks to Catch Crappie Without a Boat
Day 4: Jeff Williams Says to Bargain, Barter or Pay for a Pier or a Dock to Fish for Crappie
Day 5: Fish the Dam Bank for Crappie with Outdoor Writer John E. Phillips

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