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Crappie Bite in Hot Weather and on Dark Nights

Day 5: Learn When to Fish for Crappie at Night

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewThe best crappie fishing – at least in my region of the South – is at anytime. But mid-May to mid-September when the weather is hot after the spawn, and the crappie are in the deep creek channels, drop-offs and ledges is the best night fishing. In hot weather, my personal experience has been that I catch more papermouths between 12:00 midnight and 3:00 am. Perhaps a few hours are needed for the lights to draw enough bait fish to attract enough crappie to make fishing exciting, or maybe this is the time of night when the crappie are the most active in hot weather. But generally speaking, I feel that my chances are best for catching crappie at night when I put my lights in the water just after dark. Then usually the crappie start biting between 12:00 midnight and 3:00 am. Almost without exception, papermouths seem to develop lockjaw in the summer when day begins to break.

Understanding Why You Should Fish for Crappie at Night:

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewIn the hot summertime when temperatures often reach 90 - 100 degrees in the daytime, crappie fishing in the hot sun can be unbearable. But in the evening when all your work is done, and the cool moonbeams replace the biting rays of the sun, fishing is cooler, quieter, easier and much more fun. Anglers who live close to rivers, lakes and reservoirs can spend several hours out on the water at night crappie fishing, still get a night’s sleep and be ready to work the next day. However, I’m sure the main reason I like to crappie fish at night in the summer is because I can catch crappie, and plenty of them, after dark.

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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.

Check back each day this week for more about Crappie Bite in Hot Weather and on Dark Nights

Day 1: When Crappie Fishing at Night Is a Bust
Day 2: One of the Best Crappie Nighttime Fishing Trips Ever
Day 3: Learn to Fish the Right Place and Use Lights to Catch Crappie Night
Day 4: How to Decide on Nighttime Crappie Baits and Equipment
Day 5: Learn When to Fish for Crappie at Night

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Entry 827, Day 5