Keeping your distance from a top and fishing it from the outside in helps you catch more crappie.

What’s a “top”?

July 15 at 7:00am
Leonard Kleinpeter keeps one hand on the trolling motor to position his boat carefully to avoid spooking the fish, while fishing with the other hand. Note the homemade pedestal seat mount.

The man and his boat

July 15 at 7:00am
Leonard Kleinpeter mounted this brass plaque in Crackerhead to commemorate a long bream fishing friendship.

The plaque in the swamp

July 15 at 7:00am
Leonard Kleinpeter applies vanilla extract from a pump spray bottle to keep gnats at bay.

Tip of the day

July 15 at 7:00am
Julie McCarty of Morgan City holds a fat bream caught while fishing with her husband, Bill.

Perfect time for panfish

Luck-E-Strike tube jig with a Crappie Nibble is angler’s bait of choice
July 05 at 1:01pm
These two Ouachita crappie were hiding in the top behind Bobby Phillips, but not after he tricked them into hitting a gray hair jig.

Pop a ‘top’

It’s prime time to target Ouachita River crappie in the tops. Here’s how one noted angler catches his share of summertime slabs hunkered down in the brush.
July 01 at 7:00am
After over a half-century of fishing for them, Leonard Kleinpeter still gets excited over bream.

High noon at Crackerhead

Bream bite best when the sun is up, and Leonard Kleinpeter knows how to catch them. But this is a ‘cricket-free zone’ — here’s how he uses grass shrimp to mop up.
July 01 at 7:00am

Marsh Man Masson vid: Where, how to catch summertime crappie -- and bass

Use the searing heat to your advantage.
June 25 at 1:15pm
Black Bayou Lake summer slabs like this one made Randy Smith a convert to white perch fishing.

Crappie making converts on Black Bayou Lake

Target structure in deeper water
June 15 at 8:46am
Shiners are a top bait for flat fishing. Nick Young lets the fish tell him what they want.

Be a fish listener

June 15 at 7:00am
Jock and Nick Young with some of their Louisiana State Championship crappie, a tribute to adjusting to crappie conditions.

Adjusting on the fly is key

June 15 at 7:00am