I'm new to fishing for crappie and bluegill. I was just wonder when is the best time to fish for crappie and what baits. And when is the best time for bluegill and what baits work.love to fish aftifical baits but if they bite live more that's what I will use. Thank you
Crappie are a cantankerous fish which may take minnows best one day and jigs the next. The best minnows are as small as you buy. The best jigs are black and chartreuse on a pink head with a yellow or chartreuse crappie nibble. In any case the best bite occurs just after sunup or in the early part of the night.
Bluegill on the other hand are much more predictable. Hands down, the best bait are 1 inch grey crickets, followed closely by short bits of Canadian nightcrawlers. The best bite occurs in the early morning, but they will usually bite all day unless a cold front is in the area.
Other sunfish such as redear may prefer worms over crickets.
I have put together a blog which gives tips on tackle and bait for sunfish. Click here.
We are coming up to the best time to fish for all panfish. The next two months the bite will be great. This forum is home to the most expert sunfishermen in Texas. Watch the forum in the next weeks for reports.