The key is to create a crappie structure is that only you have the location. You can
sink brush, plastic, and even home-made pvc brush piles. The very best brush to sink is willow tree branches.
They seem to create a month-long crappie honey hole swarms. I am not sure why, its just my experience. Make sure
you cut long cuttings with at least 7 to 10 branches at least 3 foot long with lots of small little branches. Sink
your branch cuttings or any of the other artificial structure you plan to sink, with a cement block, or something heavy
so it sinks directly below where you put it in the water. Also, the brush won't shift if it is anchored down. I
always use a cement block with a short rope about 2 ft long, tied to the main cut branch. Crappie are just like bass,
they like to sit in cover structure and wait for their prey.
The best time to create your crappie
honey hole is in the fall and very early spring (right after ice out).
For best results, create your crappie brush farms
in three different depth locations. Mark your locations to sink brush in the shallows, mid-depth locations,
and deeper water. Make sure you find a spot that is not easily fished. Make sure you drop your brush when no fisherman
are watching. If your honey hole gets a lot of fishing pressure, the crappie may move out to other fishing locations.
I always look for places that would not interest casual boaters. You are probably asking why? Well, by using three different
locations you create crappie honey holes for different parts of the fishing season. You can find a spot where the bottom
starts deep and gradually go shallow, so you can build your three locations in line. Just mark each location with
a GPS point, that way you can come back again and again without wasting any precious fishing time. If you have young
children, this is an excellent way to get them interested in fishing. Kids are impatient, but if you take them to a
honey hole where the action is almost instant, you will nurture their interest in a wonderful sport.
This technique will work no matter where you are located at. Crappie love brush and structure as their habitat
no matter what part of the country you live in. Make sure you check with your local laws to find out what is legal to
sink for structure.
I love to crappie fish and I always fish my crappie honey holes first.
95% of the time they produce. Also if you are taking people out fishing these are great places to start.