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DIY Fishing Rod Holders




There is nothing more frustrating to an angler that reaching for their fishing rod only to find the lines tangled. A proper fishing rod is essential, and you need to find a way even when you are short on space. Today, we will be looking at some practical DIY fishing rod holders to help you with the organization of your fishing equipment.


Experienced fishermen have more than one fishing rod to ensure that they can partake in the different types of fishing. Proper storage may become an issue, and we are here to provide you with the answers. The following are simple DIY projects that will help store your equipment carefully and correctly

DIY Fishing rod holders for garage

1. Using a PVC pipe

If you are thinking of making a rod holder in your garage, then you probably have several fishing rods. Our DIY fishing rod holder for your garage will store 21 rods, which is pretty great if you ask me. It is a great budget-friendly project that will take you a short period to create. Well, let us get started.

DIY Fishing Rod Holders


Four 10-foot PVC pipe pieces with diameters of 1 1/2 –inch

Twenty-three one ½-inch T connectors

Four 1 ½-inch 90-degrees elbows

Tape measure


PVC hand saw

Before we get started on our little project, you must get ready for some labor-intensive work. You will need to use your handsaw to cut several PVC pieces, and it isn’t easy work. By the end of this project, you might have a sore arm, which is worth it if you ask me. This is also a great and fun project that you could work on with friends or family.

Step 1: Cutting the PVC pieces

To store all 21 rods, you will need 28 PVC pieces that are 4-inches long and 21 PVC pieces that are 24-inches long. I prefer using the hand saw, but you could always use different methods and tools to cut the PVC pipes. Whatever method you decide is good with us as long as it gets the job done effectively.

Step 2: assembling the rack

You don’t need PVC glue to assemble the rack since the pieces just fit together perfectly. The pieces that you cut will dry fit without needing any extra equipment. The advantage of not gluing your rack is that you can always add extra storage if you buy any more rods/ the individual rod holders are formed by placing the 14-inch section into the t-connector top and the 4-inch section on the ends.

This means that the other end of the 4-inch PVC section is connected to the next rod holder using the T-connector. It’s a simple assembly that takes a few minutes when you get the pattern. It’s a matter of connecting your sections to the corresponding T-connectors.

Step 3: Creating the ends

The end is constructed using a 90-degree connector and a T-connector. All you need to do is fit the T-connector firmly on the middle row, and the 90-degree connector on the last section of the 4-inch pieces. Finally, the 4-inch sections will join the entire thing together.

Step 4: store your fishing rods

Once you are done with step 3, you can start using your fishing rod holder. What I love about this rod holder for the garage is that you can customize it to fit any number of rods that you have. You can reduce the sections and hold as few rods as you want or increase it to hold more. Your fishing rod holder can also fit in a small area, leaving you enough space.

2. using screw-in bicycle hooks

Let’s say you don’t have enough floor space in your garage, what do you do? You could always construct a fishing rod rafter rack on the ceiling using screw-in bicycle hooks. In this section, I will take you through the steps to get this done. Now, my design will accommodate 12 fishing rods, and you can always change this to suit your needs.


Twenty-four screw-in bicycle hooks

One 12-foot 2 x 4 piece of wood


Tape measure

Circular saw

Power drill

Deck screws

Step 1: Cut the wood piece

The first step in our project is using the circular saw to cut the 12-foot 2×4 into two 6-foot pieces. You can then proceed to mark 12 marks across each section, ensuring that the marks are 5-inches apart. Start from one end of each section.

Step 2: Drill the holes

Use your power drill to make smaller holes on the 5-inch marks on the two pieces of wood. Ensure that you use a drill bit that is smaller than the bicycle hook. Do not use a large drill bit because the hooks won’t fit in tightly; it is more advantageous to use a slightly smaller hook.

Step 3: Screw your hooks in

Ensure that you screw your bicycle hooks tightly in the holes that you just made. Once you are done with this process, you can start mounting your rod holder on the rafters.

Step 4: Finishing touches

When mounting the rod holder on the rafters, ensure that you make the two pieces parallel, and the eye hooks should line up.

DIY fishing rod holders for home

Making a fishing rod holder in your home can be a challenging task, especially when you don’t have enough room. However, in this section, we will go through some DIY fishing holders that are perfect for your home because they don’t occupy too much space.

1. using PVC pipe and wood pieces


Two pieces of wood 35 mm x 70 mm x 2.4 mm

Two shorter wood pieces about 280 mm

Drill and 45 mm hole saw

45 mm PVC pipes

Four bugle batten screws

Four L-brackets

Ensure that you use high-quality material during the construction of this fish rod holder. You want an elegant holder that looks neat on your wall. Do not compromise on quality to save money when constructing a DIY fish rod holder for your home.

Step 1: clamping our rack

Once you are done making the holes using the hole saw, we need to clamp our two pieces so that the holes made align correctly. The top and bottom of our rack have to align so that you can store your fishing rods correctly.

Step 2: drilling the holes

You need to drill holes on the rack that run from the top to the bottom. Ensure that they are well spaced so that your reel handles have sufficient room. A spacing of about five inches will be sufficient. Start with the top piece of timber and work down to the second so that all the holes line up.

Step 3: Make a rectangular frame

Using our screw sides and pre-drilled holes, we need to put together a rectangular frame. Use the bugle batten screws for more durable construction.

Step 4: fitting in the PVC pipes

The PVC pipes should be longer than our rack to ensure that our precious fishing rods don’t rub on timber. Use a mallet to force the pipes through the holes on the rack. You may put a nut and bolt through the base if you plan on storing game rods, to act as a gimbal pin. However, it is not mandatory, and your fish rod holder will work just fine.

Step 5: Mount to the wall.

The final step is mounting your fish rod holder to the wall. If you used a thinner piece of wood, then flash mounting will look neater; however, the reel clamps may not be sturdy since they hit your wall before it is fully secured.

The safe option is to always use the Dynabolts or plugs depending on what kind of wall you have. Once you securely mount the holder to the wall, you can start storing your fishing rod.

2. Wire shelving rack

Using a wire shelving rack, you could create a simple fish rod holder for your home. However, not that it

doesn’t look so good, and is better done in the store or pantry. The wire shelving rack won’t look good in your living room.



Wire shelving

Constructing this fish rod holder is rather simple, and it will take you just a few minutes. All you need to do is screw two short sections of wire shelving to the ceiling. Ensure that the sections are wide apart to create a balance for your fishing rods.

Once you have the sections screwed, you can use it as a fish rod holder for as many fishing rods as you like. The advantage of using the wire shelving is that you could fit a lot of fishing rods in one small section.

DIY fishing rod holders for trucks

Sometimes you might need to store your fishing rods in your truck. This is usually when you go out fishing a lot, or you don’t have space in your home. Thankfully, you can always construct a fishing rod holder for your truck. Making a fishing rod holder for your track can be rather tasking, and you may need some help to ensure that the project turns out great.


Two cross fittings

Seven T-fittings

7 caps

12-feet of PVC pipe

Start with the cross fit

You need to start by placing the cross piece right against your wheel well. You must measure the size of your bed to determine what size pipe is needed to go into the crosspiece. This requires a little bit of calculation. The cross fit needs to fit perfectly so that the fishing rod holder doesn’t move about a lot when traveling. The two cross pieces that you use have to fit against the truck for more stable construction.

Connect the PVC pipes

You need to start by attaching PVC pipes that fit from end to end to the crosspiece. This will ensure that the two cross pieces are well supported. The two PVC pieces you use have to cover the entire length of your truck bed.

Place the T-fittings

Align the T-fittings across the width of your truck bed. Dry fit them using the leftover PVC pipes so that they stand at an angle. The fishing rods have to stand at an angle, which means that you need to put your T-fittings at an angle.

Go fishing

Once this process is complete, you can proceed to go fishing without having to worry about where to store your fishing rods.

Creating a fishing rod holder for your truck is rather difficult, and you have to make a lot of calculations. The most important thing, however, is ensuring that your holder is stable. To check out how it works, I would recommend watching a few YouTube videos of how it is done.

PVC fishing rod holders

The most common fish rod holders are constructed from PVC since they are easier to work with. Now you can create different kinds of fish rod holders depending on your preference. However, I will show you one simple PVC fishing rod holder that you can make within a few minutes and can hold up to 6 fishing rods.


1 ½-inch diameter PVC pipe about 5 feet

Some screws

Piece of wood


Hand drill

Circular saw

Let’s get started so that you can learn the basics when constructing fishing rod holders using PVC pipes.

Step 1: cut the piece of wood

The first step is cutting the piece of wood to the desired length. Include two end pieces that will support your main piece.

Step 2: Drill holes

Drill a few holes into the main piece and the supports. Use your hand drill to screw in the supports to the main wood piece. This is a rather simple procedure, and it should take you just a few moments.

Step 3: Saw

Cut your PVC pipe into lengths that can support your fishing rod. You can cut as many pieces that will fit onto your main wood piece. This will depend on the number of fishing rods that you want to store.

Step 4: Drill pilots

Now, you have to drill two pilots into the PVC pieces and the main piece as well. The hand drill will accomplish this task quickly, and we can move to the next. You can then proceed to screw the PVC pieces to the main piece of wood.

Step 5: store your fishing rods

Once you are done, you can store your fishing rods. Remember that you can use a longer main piece and more PVC pipes to store more fishing rods.

This is a simple project that you can do at home to create a fishing rod holder. It doesn’t require a lot of material, and you can save a lot of space. All DIY fishing rod holders are constructed similarly with just a few changes. Using your imagination, you can create sophisticated fishing rod holders for as many items as you have.

Advantages of using a fishing rod holder

Now that you can construct your fishing rod holder, it is essential to look at some of the advantages that you will get. Most people don’t have a fishing rod holder because they don’t understand all the benefits that they tend to gain. At this point, you have probably realized that fishing rod holders are inexpensive and you can quickly design your own,

1. Organization

A fishing rod holder will keep you organized both at home or when going fishing. In most homes, throwing your fishing rod behind the staircase of the attic seems to work. However, when it is time to go fishing, you will find your lines completely tangled.

It is also essential to keep your fishing rods organized when at home because this ensures that they are out of the way. There have been several accidents at home that are caused by a poorly stored fishing rod. Fishing rods are long, and they could always end up getting tangled and causing serious injury.

2. Increase durability

Have you ever broken a new fishing rod when trying to fit it in the back of your truck? Well, this happened to me a while back, and it can be so frustrating. I had my new fishing rod, and I wanted to take it out for a spin. The good news is that it broke when I was just about to leave, so I just picked up the next one.

What happens when you travel for miles to the fishing spot only to have your rod break? This can be so frustrating, mainly when you hadn’t carried an extra fishing rod. To avoid such tragedies and, therefore, increase the durability of your fishing rod, you have to consider proper storage.


Fishing rod holders are essential because they help keep our precious fishing rods well stored and secured. Some fishing rods cost a fortune, and you have to ensure that you safely store them whenever you are not using them. As you have learned by now, you can construct a fishing rod holder with just a few materials that you already have lying around.

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Crappie Fishing

How to Catch Crappie in the Summer



It is summertime and it means now that it is time for me to go out to the lake, hop on my boat, and do one of my favorite things in the whole world, fishing!

Noah West knows something about catching crappie in the summertime.

That being said, my aim is to catch as many crappies as possible because I want to enjoy a good fish fry this summer. For that to happen I must get ready to hit the lake with the best strategy possible because when it comes down to catching crappie, there’s a bit of a trick to get them to bite the hook every time the line goes in the water.

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In order to be ready to load my cooler with tons of crappies, I decided to do some research and find out the most effective ways to catch crappies in the summer because it turns out there’s more than just simply throwing your line out into the water and wait for one of them to bite because there are other factors also come into play when trying to catch this type of fish.

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So how do you catch crappies in the summer?

Using a fast action ultralight fishing rod for a quick hook up when the fish bites, make sure you give the crappie what they want which is minnows for bait and fish over brush piles or any cover like logs or under docks in the summertime. Read on and I will explain why.

First we must understand that crappies are a type of fish that lives in the North American fresh waters. They feed primarily on smaller fish species, and these can include the young of the predators which are the muskellunge, the walleye, and the northern pike. They also are capable of feeding on zooplankton, insects, and crustaceans for sustenance during dawn or dusk times by moving into the open waters or approaching the shores.

Following that tangent, crappies tend to be far less active during the day, and have a strong tendency to seek shelter around weed beds, submerged objects such as hollow logs and debris, and even boulders.

They are a fish species that derives from the Canadian French crapet, which refers to the different species of the sunfish family. As a result, crappies are known under many different names such as the strawberry bass, speckled perch, the white perch, the calico bass, and the Oswego bass. There are also certain items that are essential in successfully catching

Having a better understanding of what the crappie fishes are, the type of habitat they inhabit, and even the different ways in which they are known as, is going to give us a huge advantage when going out to catch them. There’s no better way to get the most fish out of the water than preparation, and the more we know, the better.

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Getting Ready To Catch Crappie Fish

In order to be able to fish we must once again be aware of the fact that just throwing the line in the water is not going to be enough to catch many crappies in the summer. There’s more to understand when you’re out catching crappies in one of the most fun seasons of the year. This includes having knowledge on some items that will help you catch them more efficiently when you’re out on the waters.

Here are some of the things to keep in mind when you’re catching crappie fish in the summertime:

  • Having an understanding of the type of baits that are more likely to lure them.
  • Knowing when are the best times in the day or the evening to go out and effectively catch them.
  • The types of environments in which they are likely to gather in large numbers.
  • Using artificial bait effectively when natural bait is not available.
  • The region’s in which they have the largest populations, so they become easier to catch.
  • Angling methods that work effectively in catching them.
  • The different types of life bait that are bound to lure them.
  • The importance of the weather.
  • The importance of depth in the lake.
  • How to use a rod and a line effectively.

Having awareness on the factors that make crappie fishing the most effective in the summer, is going to help you make the most out of your fishing experience when you’re out on the waters looking to get a good catch for the day. This is also important because you simply don’t want to be wasting valuable time and energy looking to catch crappies during hours of the day where they are unlikely to appear in larger numbers.

There is also an extra hidden benefit to fishing crappie in the summer, and that is the ability to go out and explore new places, which is one the most natural and instinctive drives every person has, the need to travel and explore. Fishing provides the perfect avenue to do just, and if you need some inspiration to get out on your fishing boat, then here are few words of motivation by the professional golfer Jack Nicklaus:

“There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there’s always a new place, always a new horizon”

Know Your Target

There’s no way we’re going to get on a boat to go on the water and fish for crappies without familiarizing ourselves with them in the first place. That’s like saying that you know the Starbucks secret menu and end up ordering a regular caramel frappuccino. You gotta know what you’re after, and in this case we’re after the crappie fish.

As pointed out earlier before the crappie fish is located mostly in the Northern American regions, and to be more exact, these are the North American regions where you can find them:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

To get a better idea, here’s a map you can check out:


These locations are going to help you capitalize on your catches, and will eliminate the hassle of guessing where to go and find the best fishing spots. Not only that, but if there’s a region you haven’t visited on this list, and you’re curious about it, now is the perfect chance to plan a trip and explore a new area. After all, fishing is all about exploring new horizons and this is a great perk you can take advantage of from the fishing world.

The Sun and Depth Go Hand In Hand

This is to be expected when the research shows that the best times to go fishing for crappies are on the dusk or dawn hours. This means that when there’s less sun out on the sky, there are more crappie fish out on top water levels. However, this also means that when the sun is out, these types of fish are going to stay from these water levels because the heat from the sun makes it very uncomfortable for them to breathe. Especially in the summertime.

So what does this mean for you?

It means that go into the waters to find the crappie fish schools that are trying to stay away from the sun.

Luckily, you don’t have to go to the deepest parts of the lake to find them!

Crappie fish like to stay close to their feeding grounds, and they also tend to stay in water levels that are rich in oxygen. They don’t go into the deeper waters because they won’t find what they need l to sustain themselves at those levels; giving you the benefit of avoiding throwing too much of your line to try and catch them.

Also keep in mind these types of fish have a preference for hiding from the sun in weed spaces and boulders, finding these spots shall give you more options to keep your fishing game even after the sun is out and you didn’t listen to your alarm go off early in the morning. It happens to the best of us.

The Bait That Works Best

Thanks to the fact that the crappie fish has a varied diet, finding a bait for it to catch isn’t difficult. The real challenge is to figure out which one is the most effective out of all of the different types of critters the crappie fish feed on. Also, there’s the question as to whether or not artificial baits work with a similar rate of effectiveness as the natural live bait.

Well, it has been found that out of all the live baits available for luring crappies, the minnows are the favorite choice used by most fishermen due to its clear coloring and ideal small size to attract their attention. This choice is even more popular than the commonly used choices that are worms and insects.

Here is a picture of what a minnow looks like, so you identify right away next time you find yourself in the fishing store:


When it comes to artificial baits, the colors matter more than the texture or shape of the bait. Especially when it comes to the time of day and the clarity of the water. For instance, using artificial grubs with bright colors are perfect for bright sunny days and clear waters. On darker waters it is best to use bait that reflect as much color as possible. On cloudy skies, it’s best to go for darker artificial grubs with a flash to them to attract attention.

As far as shapes go, the three most popular choices are the jigs, grubs, and spinners.

Here’s an image of what they look like:



This is something that may be probably unexpected because most of us think of bringing a fishing rod with some weight added to it that can help us get an edge catching fish. That’s not the case when it comes to crappie fishing. In fact, using heavy rods only ends up working against you because of the fact that crappie fish have very soft mouths and the hook might not catch them properly.

It’s best to use a light or an ultra-light fishing rod with fast action for the purpose of setting your hook faster, and use that extra time more effectively catching fish.

Related Questions

Are there other seasons in which crappie fish can be caught?

Yes, as the matter of fact the winter is an ideal season for catching crappie fish. There’s even a method known as ice fishing in which fishermen take crappies out from frozen lakes and ponds.

Is it necessary to use minnows as live bait?

Although they are the preferred choice, the minnows are not necessary for the purpose of using live bait. Worms and other grubs can also be used for live bait. There are also artificial baits available in case live isn’t an option, or they ran out of them at the fishing stores.

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Crappie Fishing

What Does A Crappie Look Like?




Out of the many fish out there in the world, the crappie is one of the most fun game fish to catch. It dwells in waters of all 48 contiguous States and in Canada to this day. But despite its popularity, many beginner fishers have no clue what it looks like.

So, what does a crappie look like? Well the term crappie can refer to either the white or black crappie which have slightly different features but have similar shape, sizes and habitats. If you are interested in crappie gear check out my recommended gear page.

They live in freshwater and dwell in areas with underwater brush, rocks and weeds. There’s also a ton of neat ways to be catching them, and interesting facts to these little guys.

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  • White crappies will have vertical bars on their body.
  • Black crappies will have spots all over.
  • Black crappies dorsal fins will also have needle-like fins compared to white which have a smooth arch.
  • Black crappies are shorter and “stubbier” than the white crappie.
Black Crappie
White Crappie by Michael Mizell

So, I’d encourage you to read on and learn more about crappies and their way of life.

The Difference Between White and Black Crappie

The average crappie weighs in between ½ and 1 pound and measures between 5 to 12 inches. Considering this is the average, the crappie can grow to much larger or smaller sizes. Regardless of the type of crappie, they are very social and can form schools in the areas they live in.

But with all that said, I did mention that there were two different kinds of crappie out there: white and black. Even though the crappie live in all kinds of different parts in the US and in Canada, there are some differences that are worth discussing.

After all, even though you and I call them white and black crappie, the features of their skin aren’t always key indicators of which kind of crappie you caught. Both the white and black crappie can be completely light or dark.

Instead, you want to be looking at more distinct features of the fish to tell the difference.

Color aside, the first big indicator is the markings on their body.

If you can’t tell the difference between their markings, don’t worry. There are other factors as well. For example, you can check the dorsal spines of the fish too. Black crappies will have seven or eight dorsal fins. Dorsal means the top fin. White have fewer of these fins – either five or six.

The other thing to note is that black crappies dorsal fins will also have needle-like fins compared to white which have a smooth arch.

The final distinction is the body itself. Black crappies are shorter and “stubbier” than the white crappie.

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Where Do Crappie Live?

As I mentioned before, crappies live in freshwater where there is plenty of underwater brush, rocks and weeds for them. That said, now that you know there are white and black ones, they have different dwellings and swimming patterns. Generally speaking, though, crappie will be found in deeper water during the summer and shallow water during the spring.

Getting into more specifics where each type live isn’t too different. They both have the same kind of diet which makes sense since they look pretty much the same. The only big difference really comes down to the water they prefer swimming in.

First off, black crappies prefer the clear water and will avoid any kind of turbid or muddy spots. White crappie couldn’t care less and will leave in either clear or murkier areas. This could be the reason for some white crappies being darker in color.

On top of the water clarity, black crappies also love to be around plenty of vegetation that they can hide in. Again, weeds, brush and the like are things they love a lot. White crappies don’t mind being out in the open. In fact, if you’re looking for white crappie, you might have better luck checking out open water areas in the river.

But despite all of what I said, they’re not just found in rivers and streams as you’d think. Because the crappies don’t have a particular preference for waters in general, they can show up in lakes, ponds, backwaters pools as well. When you’re at larger lakes and reservoirs, they’ll likely be hanging around in the shallow side usually in under 12 feet of water.

What Do Crappie Eat?

Now that you know that crappies can be flexible in habitat to a degree, it shouldn’t be a surprise that their diet is rather diverse. As you might expect, they do eat smaller fish. However, what’s interesting is that they’ll even go after the young of fish that would normally eat them such as the walleye or northern pike. Talk about a bold fish.

Beyond that, crappie will also be eating insects, crustaceans, as well as zooplankton.

What Are Some Crappie Fishing Tips?

If this is your first time going out to catch crappie you are in for a treat. The name of these fish are clearly an injustice as again they are very fun to catch and they are delicious to eat as well. But you can use all of this information above to your advantage to make catching these fish easier and enjoy your reward.

Since you know their diet by this point, you can tackle it from that angle. This will come in the form of your lure. Suitable lure for them are small jigs. Actually, those would be the best bait to be using.

That said, I wouldn’t blame you if you are using live bait. The only thing to note is to ensure the hook is the proper size. If it’s too small, the crappie will get off of it with no problem. If it’s too big, the crappie can’t latch onto it at all.

If you’re thinking of live bait, I would recommend using minnows. All you have to do is hook the minnow right below its dorsal fin and cast it out. Since crappies love small fish in general, they’re going to love munching on these.

Another angle you can approach is their habitat. Regardless of the type of crappie you’re going after, these fish will prefer deeper water in the summer and shallow water in the spring. Use that to your advantage when picking a spot. Even do this during fishing as well. Don’t be afraid to cast into deeper water at times.

Something else worth noting is that crappies also are active during the wintertime making them great for ice fishing.

Crappies also have a spawning phase between May and June, so you’ll have better odds of catching more fish during those times. Trust me, you’ll have a much easier time during that time since a female crappie will lay between 5,000 and 60,000 eggs. The eggs will then hatch between two to five days. As you can guess, they’re fertile breeders and they can over-populate small bodies of water easily if the population isn’t controlled.

Whenever you do catch a crappie, don’t be so quick to move to other spots. Even outside of spawning season, you can find many crappies in a particular spot. Furthermore, when holding a crappie, you want to put its bottom lip between your thumb and bent pointer finger. You want to maintain a tight grip.

Also, before you go out and catch them, it pays to look at state/province fishing regulations. Ensure your permit is up to date and look at additional rules. Some states will have a length and daily limits so take note of those. They may also have a certain amount of fish you can keep in a single day too.

Get Out and Catch Some Crappie

If you can follow the rules and regulations and take note of these tips, you can have a lot of fun catching crappie. Fishing around the month of May and June can ensure you keep reeling in a large amount of fish so long as you have the proper kind of bait. Regardless of it the fish is black or white these fish are a treat all the same.

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Crappie Fishing

Do Crappie Eat Crawfish?



Generally, most anglers will fall into at least two different camps: there are those who just want to fish for any species of fish whatsoever, and there are also those who want to specialize and try to catch just one specific fish. (I like them all.)

Indeed, there are literally millions of individuals who will attempt to catch such breeds as salmon, trout, catfish, perch, bluegills, and many others. Moreover, among the ones who specialize, there is also a large group of individuals that not only love the sport of fishing, but they will also debate until the cows come home about the best techniques to catch said species.

Here are some good hooks for crappie fishing. size 8-12 are great!

Cody Davis Crappie

One example of this would have to be those who try to catch crappies. Indeed, one of the biggest debates among crappie fishermen would have to be over just what this breed of fish will eat. The short answer is all kinds of stuff, but this leads us to our next pressing question…

Will Crappie Eat Crawfish?

Yes crappie do eat crawfish if they have the opportunity but keep in mind that crappie prefer to eat upward and crawfish are usually found on the bottom. Find a way to present a crawdad to a crappie though and they will eat it.

If you need some excellent crappie fishing lures including crawfish, I have given my favorites in my resources page HERE.

Actually, that’s a bit of a loaded question. Before we get to an appropriate answer for that, we need to fully understand some other questions first:

What Do Crappie Normally Eat, Anyway?

First of all, you should fully understand the normal diet of crappie, and then you just might understand why there is such an intense debate over whether they eat crawfish or not. Generally, crappie will eat such things as zooplankton, grass shrimp, minnows, and immature species of fish such as walleye, bluegill, pike, and even crappie themselves. They will even eat frogs. You might notice that no, I didn’t mention crawfish in that list, but trust me, the jury is still out on this question. Let’s look at the next wrinkle…

What Do Crappie Eat When Food is Scarce?

Of course, we’ve already established that crappie will eat just about anything that they can wrap their mouths around, but what about when food is scarce? Although some anglers still insist that the crappie will still NEVER eat a crawfish EVER, would the crappie do it then? The answer, according to most anecdotal accounts, would be an emphatic yes, they most definitely would.

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You see, crappies are largely known as an opportunistic species. Simply put, they are not picky eaters at all. Their typical food choices such as minnows or small fish won’t be available in the winter or the early spring, and so that means that these crappie will have no choice but to go with crustaceans such as crawfish or insects such as crickets or larvae instead of their preferred diet. Of course, you as an angler can use that to your advantage and lengthen the time you have to try to fish for crappie throughout the year.

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There’s Plenty of Anecdotal Evidence

Of course, even though there are always going to be a significant number of people who insist that crappie will never eat crawfish, there are also plenty of anglers throughout the United States and beyond that have anecdotal evidence that crappie will indeed go after crawfish. For instance, there was a gentleman who was fishing on a well-known river in Ohio, and to begin with he was using the typical minnow bait to catch his crappie.

However, he decided that he wanted to try for some other fish for a little while, so he switched his bait to crawfish. It didn’t take too long before something blasted his line, and although he thought that it was going to be a large bass, it turned out to be a fairly good-sized crappie!

Moreover, there was yet another instance where an individual was fishing on an Illinois river when he was a small boy, and he and his uncle were initially going after the bluegills, but he landed a crappie instead! Although he was just six years old, he was hooked for life! There is yet another individual in Louisiana who said he has cleaned out more crappies than he could count that had the remains of a crawfish in their stomach. Indeed, there are stories like this all over the United States, so you can certainly rest assured that crappie will absolutely go after crawfish if the need arises.

What About Their “Feeding Down” Habit?

Of course, part of the reason why some people are so adamant that you cannot use crawfish as bait for crappie is because this type of fish would have to “feed down” in order to eat them. However, they fail to realize that these crappies will go to some tremendous lengths to get food if they need to. Yes, they will normally “feed up” to obtain food, but if the only way for them to get their food is to “feed down”, then they are not against doing that. All I’m saying is, yes, the crappies will definitely change their behavior if it means that they are in for a free meal.

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Obtaining Your Crawfish

Now that you know that yes, you can definitely catch crappie using crawfish as bait, you’re probably wondering just how you would go about getting the crawfish. Well, there are plenty of ways to do it, but one method would be to go out at night with a flashlight and a dip net and look for them along the streams. This is a good way to find them if you are the adventurous type of course. Another method that some have found to be easier would be to simply look for them during the day. Some people enjoy turning over rocks in order to try to find them. Of course, you’ve got to be quick! You’ll soon find out that these crawfish are very quick! Persistence is key. Of course, once you catch them, you will have another concern.

How Do You Keep Them Fresh?

That’s another good question. One of the best ways to do that would be through using styrofoam coolers. You can fill them with layers of wet newspapers, because you have to make sure that the crawfish are kept cool. However, some don’t like this method because it takes up too much space on their boat. Another way to do it would be through placing them in a flow-through minnow bait bucket. Taking the inner bucket of the exterior bucket will allow the crawfish to continue to have air.

How Do I Hook a Live Crawfish?

One of the best ways to hook a live crawfish would be on an “upwards” trajectory through the tail of the crawfish from the bottom just shy of a half-inch from the end. This method still allows the crawfish to have some natural movement when you cast it out. Another method would be to hook the crawfish through the bony horn of their head. This is a method many crawfish bait enthusiasts prefer because it prevents the crawfish from crawling under a rock and hanging up your line.

Whatever method you choose for hooking your crawfish, you can rest assured that the crappie will indeed go after them. They are hungry fish! Go ahead and try this method for crappie fishing during the off-season, and you just might be in luck.

Darren Enns Author has been married to the same lucky woman for 30 years.

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