- Move, move, move. Don’t hunker down in one spot.
- Fish deep enough. These fish are bottom oriented. Some people end up fishing 5 feet off the bottom. Know your reel’s retrieve ratio so you only fish 1 to 2 feet off the bottom.
- Use Crappie Nibles. They work.
- If you aren’t catching fish, change lure colors often. Color is very important.
- Don’t use jigs that are too large. Some people use 2 ½-inch jigs. In the winter, they like small baits.
- Don’t hesitate to experiment with how much to move your bait or whether to move it at all.
Jerald Horst is a retired Louisiana State University professor of fisheries. He is an active writer, book author and outdoorsman.