Best Crappie Bait For 2018

The Best Crappie Bait For 2018 is the Berkley 2” Minnow

The Bluegills are still on the beds spawning, but it’s to windy for a fly rod, so what do you do for action? Well what other than bluegills can provide lots of action during the middle of the day? Crappies! So I rigged a couple of poles up with a Crappie Hook and the Berkley 2” Minnow and headed for one of my favorite late summer Bluegill spots, hoping we might find some Crappies (typically I do not start fishing for Crappies or Bass until July).

Early Crappie Action

It did not take long as my wife tossed her minnow out, before I even had the anchors set, and the bobber sank out of site. She now had our first Crappie of the year and the start of a great Crappie Adventure.

Wind – Bluegills No – Crappies Yes

In this video we went out twice for Crappies since it was to rough for the fly rods. Our first trip we hit the water at 3pm and kept ten 11” Crappies, the next day we hit the water at 1pm, keeping a nice mess of fish.

Best Bluegill Bait For 2018

Best 2018 Spring & Early Summer Bluegill Bait

It’s late May and temperatures have gone from the low 30s to low 90s within two weeks, pushing the Bluegills into the shallows for feeding and spawning.

So I got the fly rods out, put on new leaders (just 6 lb monofilament), waxed the line, and tied on one of our foam spiders we made this past January. See Making your own Dry Spider.

Fly Rods & Bait

During the Spring there is nothing better than a fly rod with a Dry Fly (spider). On these homemade spiders you can catch 50 to 100 bluegills before it falls apart. That’s catching a lot of fish without having to mess with worms or any other type of bait. If you are interested in trying a fly rod then purchase a cheap kit with the fly rod, line and reel and take it out and give it a try. To practice you can watch my videos or just take a spit shot and place it on the end of your leader and practice with it in the backyard.

Bluegill Action

In this video you will see non-stop action as my wife and youngest son try out our new foam spiders. The distance they’re casting the fly-line is 15 to 30 feet, but you can move in closer if needed, it will not push the bluegills off.

Fishing For Shellcrackers – The 2018 Catch

Let’s Get Fishing

It’s the first week of April and we just had a Blue Moon (two full moons in the same month) so the Shellcrackers should be moving in to spawn.

Searching For The Shellcrackers – The Signs Are There

We are in Tavares Florida on a chain of lakes searching for the Bully of Bluegills, which should be spawning. The spawning signs we look for are; a full moon (it just ended), the Gar-Pike spawning (very active), the Gators are very active (yes see video), and water temperature. Unfortunately the water temps were lower than we were hoping for.

How We Started Our Search

We first started by checking out every spot where we have caught Shellcrackers in the past. Next we spent hours moving down the shoreline and dropping our freshwater shrimp, only stopping when we ran into a small school of Copperheads (Bluegills).

Where Are Those Bullies

So why could we not find the Shellcrackers? My guess is the spawning season was pushed back a few days or a week due to an abnormal cool Spring and high water. For this first week of April the water was two feet higher than normal, very murky, and water temps a little lower than we like. Or due to the high water the Shellcrackers found areas to spawn that we could not get to or find.

The Catch – Copperheads

Even though we could not find any Shellcrackers we did have a great time fishing and catching Copperheads. See our video on the catch!

The Bait – Freshwater Shrimp

Our bait again this year was the Freshwater Shrimp. I like this bait for the main reason it’s native to the lake and easy to net. On this trip we caught the following fish using shrimp; Bullheads, Bass, Crappies, & Copperheads.

Best Bluegill Bait For Spring Fishing -2018

What is the Best Bait To Use For Bluegills In The Spring

Fishing for Bluegills in the Spring is like no other time of the year. So it’s time to get your Rod and the best Bluegills Bait ready to go. Don’t miss the action!

When Does The Bite Begin

The best time of the year for Bluegill action is as soon as the water begins to warm up (middle to late May). This is when the Bluegills move into shallow water to feed and look for spawning areas. So what is the best bait to use, by far it’s the floating dry fly/spider.

How Do I Use The Floating Spider
The floating spider can by used with a spinning/casting rod (behind a bobber) or with a fly rod. For the best action use a fly rod.

How Long Does This Bluegill Action Last

The Bluegills (Males) will come into shallow water 2 weeks before spawning, feeding aggressively. The Females will stay just in deeper water waiting for the time to lay their eggs. Since there are many types of Bluegills the spawning season can go to Mid June and later. So the best Bluegill action of the year will last four to six weeks in water depths of just a few inches.

Where to Purchase Floating spiders

My YouTube subscribers requested a new video on how to make a floating spider again, so I put the below video together. Note you can purchase these in many stores (Fleet Farm, Bass Pro, ect.) for $1.50 to $3.00 each, but you can make them for less than 7 cents. You can also make them look as nice as a purchase dry fly if you take the time, but why since the bluegills are just looking for a nice tasty ugly bug… So here I show how to make eight floating spiders for less than 7 cents each and under 15 minutes. Note; I have never caught a Bluegill with glasses so do not worry if it does not look like a perfect spider, again the bluegills are feeding aggressively and the ugliest bug you could possibly make will still see lots of action.

How Long Does It Take to Make A Dry fly

I like to make 8 spiders at one time as this seems to work best for the 5 minute epoxy I use. To make eight spiders it takes approximately 15 minutes, not counting the drying of the epoxy. Once the epoxy is dry you can go fishing.

What Materials are needed

I purchase 3mm thick foam form a hobby shop for $1, which will make up to 500 spiders, a tube of 5 minute epoxy, and either rubber strips (taken out of an old bungee cord) or flashabou for the spider legs. All these materials are shown in the video.

Show Me The Bluegill Action

This video is from last Spring with the baits I made then. I will make a new video this Spring with the baits shown in this video. The action and results will be the same.

More Action!

Early August Bass Fishing – Large & Small Mouth

Catching Bass In August

Fishing in August can be very productive, but this past weekend was challenging. Not only did we have to try multiple baits and presentations we had to contend with a Bass Tournament. The best catch was the day after the tournament, go figure.

The Baits We Tried

This past weekend, August 11,12,13th was one of the toughest weekends I have had for Bass Fishing. We had to work multiple baits caughting bass on all but one of them, not the action we typically see. The 5 baits we tried; Buzz Bait, Small Top Water Popper, Bandit 200 & 300s, and a strike King with an Reaction Innovation.

Find The Bass Strike I Missed – In Slow Motion