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You can catch crappie throughout the summer, if you know where they’re most comfortable.

Find the thermocline for more crappie

With August here, the first step to catching most species of fish is to find the thermocline, which is the depth in the water column where the temperature is most comfortable and the most oxygen-rich.

That’s where the crappie will be.

August 17 at 9:30am
Mike McNerlin hangs a nice crappie after trolling over the edge of a creek channel.

Follow the bait

Cranking is productive on any lake that has a healthy crappie population. Cypress Bayou/Black Bayou Reservoirs, Toledo Bend, Caddo Lake, Lake D’Arbonne, Bayou D’Arbonne, Caney Lake, Poverty Point Reservoir, and Larto are just a few of the good spots.

And cranking veteran Clark LaBorde said there is no great secret to finding crappie on these lakes. 

August 15 at 7:00am
Step 1 - Push the point of a jighead hook through the small hole in the wide end of a stick guard (aka weed guard).

How to prep a crappie jig

Everyone who knew J.B. Salter Sr. agrees he was a particular man.

“He wanted you to do things 100 percent right at all times, and if you didn’t he let you know you were doing things wrong,” Jeremy Gremillion said.

J.B.’s son Blaine agreed.

August 15 at 7:00am
Mike McNerlin (left) and Greg Hammett with some of the 37 crappie they caught in one morning of cranking.

Crank it up — How to catch crappie trolling crankbaits

Trolling crankbaits has exploded onto the crappie fishing scene in the last few years. And, while there is bit of a learning curve, the tactic can be highly productive in terms of filling the freezer with fillets.

August 01 at 7:00am
Blaine Salter’s goal is to build the family jig pole business his father founded larger and better than ever.

Pole Kat — How the Salter Jiggin’ Pole can make you a better angler

The cork slowly went under.

I knew it was a crappie: It didn’t swim off like a bass, twitch like a bream or disappear with a snap like a catfish.

It just eased down, down, down.

August 01 at 7:00am
A fat Toledo Bend bass taken deep by Kyle Guidry using a swim jig.

Heat advisory — How to catch Toledo Bend’s summer bass

Bass fishing in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees is not for the faint of heart.

But those willing to brave the sultry temperatures know August can deliver sizzling bass action — especially on America’s No. 1 bass fishery.

August 01 at 7:00am
Neal Pace with a nice Finch Lake bream.

Finch Lake is worth finding

Neal Pace will go almost to Alabama for some of the best summer bream fishing in north Louisiana — the Alabama Landing area of the Ouachita River, that is.

July 27 at 3:52am
John Bradford and Stephanie Herrmann show the proof that you can catch bass in a little boat.

Tips for the Bayou D’Arbonne paddle trail

Monroe’s David Greene will be the first to admit that you can’t have a bad day fishing on the Bayou D’Arbonne trail even if you don’t get a bite because it’s one of the most scenic and interesting places he has ever kayaked.

July 15 at 7:00am
Cokie Cormier snatched this nice bluegill off a gravel bed using a Cap Spider.

Along came a spider

Listen in on a group of a fanatical fly fishermen enjoying their favorite adult beverages, and pretty soon the fish get bigger and stories get weird.

Several of us had gathered after a day on the water and were recalling our most-unusual catches on the fly.

July 08 at 1:00pm
Big bass aren’t the only fish waiting to be caught at Toledo Bend. Crappie also are stacking up.

Heat is on at Toledo Bend

When the national spotlight turned to Toledo Bend in May, the lake really showed off.

And a week later, with even more pressure on this lake ranked No. 1 by Bassmasters Magazine, the reservoir flexed its muscles again in the Sealy Big Bass Splash.

July 06 at 9:36pm
Bluegills are suckers for worm-tipped tube jigs.

Atchafalaya fruit salad — The Basin offers multi-species fishing opportunities this month

When the winter-spring floodwaters fall out of the Atchafalaya Basin, everything that swims bites.

Unless a fisherman is a single-species snob, a day’s catch can include, largemouth and spotted bass, white bass, yellow bass, two species of crappie, three or four species of bream, blue catfish, channel catfish and the odd flathead catfish.

July 01 at 7:00am
Sid Havard with two big Claiborne largemouths.

Put Lake Claiborne back on your radar

Bass after bass swirl on the surface of Lake Claiborne as schools of baitfish scatter like bird shot hitting the water, gaining the attention of fishermen across the lake. Those are striped bass chasing shad. It’s probably the most popular game in town during the hot months on this 6,400 acre reservoir.

June 27 at 3:57pm
The author's dad, Allen Crawford, helped drag a mess of huge goggle-eye out of the Atchafalaya Basin last Monday.

Atchafalaya Basin fishing turned as river drops

If you're in South Louisiana and want to catch some bass or panfish, all you need to do is head to the Atchafalaya Basin. Water levels have finally dropped, and that means the runouts are holding bass, crappie and bream.

I learned that first hand while on vacation last week, during which I spent four of the five days fishing the Spillway from the Flat Lake area all the way to upper Bayou Sorrel.

June 27 at 10:41am
Doc Waldo and his dad, Winfred, clean fish for the Crappie.com fish fry.

How you can learn crappie-fishing tactics online

Remember when fishing was just for fun? When you loved to hang out with other fishermen and swap baits and stories?

June 15 at 7:00am
Mark Weldon’s must-haves include a pink headed jig, Hi Vis Gold line on a Tiny Deadbolt reel and one of his 250 crappie rods.

Rx for summer crappie

It’s lucky that Mark Weldon is a “doc” because there is something seriously wrong with him.

June 15 at 7:00am
Doc Waldo shows off a 1-pound Black Bayou crappie.

Why ‘Waldo?’

There is a story behind every crappie.com angler’s online name. Here’s Mark Weldon’s.

June 15 at 7:00am