Monday, February 6th, 2023
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Minnesota Pro Tip of the Week: Fall a great time to pursue crappies

By Tom Neustrom

Years of guiding experience: 39


Favorite waters: Bowstring, Split Hand, and Sand


Fall crappie fishing has been one of my passions for a couple decades and understanding their habits has been an ongoing affair.


On most decent crappie lakes it’s a migration that takes place every fall and into early winter. Mud bottom basins away from weed lines are places to look for schools of crappies feeding on several types of larvae that occupy the mud in the fall.


Using your electronics to locate schools of crappies is the key to success. My Humminbird Helix 12 with down and side imaging has allowed me to find these basin dwellers much quicker, especially on new bodies of water. Vertical jigging, mud dragging a jig, pulling spinners, and using Jigging Raps all have their place. It’s a great way to scour an area and make contact with fish that you may have not been aware of.


Neustrom is a multi-species fishing guide known for his walleye expertise. He can be reached at (218) 327-2312 or

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