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 The crappie thrives in reservoir environment and they are easy game fish  to catch in reservoirs if you understand where too look. The crappie is one of the most sought after game fish in America and they have been named odd names like calico bass,speckled perch,speckled bass,white perch,pole crappie,strawberry bass, and paper mouth across the country. In my article today I want to talk about classifying reservoirs for crappie fishing.

 There are typically six categories that a reservoir can be classified to too. There are canyon, plateau, highland, hill land, flat land, and lowland (sometimes called wetlands). All of these types of hold populations of papermouth and if you understand where to look you can rig up your crappie rods with good crappie bait and catch crappie. Both man made and natural geological specifics will be combined together to determine classification of each reservoir. Thes classifiecations are to be used as reference only and they make good starting points when you plan a crappie fishing trip but every reservoir has it’s own unique classification components that may crossover to other reservoir classifications in some areas.

 Typical reservoir features are the head water or inlet area, the upstream area, the mid lake area, the downstream area the river arm area, and the dam area.  You can catch crappie in all areas of a reservoir depending on the season. Typically you can use crappie baits like crappie jigs tipped with live bait such as crappie minnows,small threadfin shad,small gizzard shad,flat head minnows,shiners,and small crayfish. You can also fish with crappie jigs with plastic grubs and tipped with wax worms.

 During the cold water period speckled bass will be in deep water so they can be located in the downstream area close the the dam. Durring the spring period the pole crappie will be located in the shallows which typically will be in the upstream areas or coves and feeder creeks. These areas are the where the crappie will spawn also.

 The middle of the reservoir is a transitional area for the paper mouth during the changing of seasons where they migrate to different areas of the reservoir. Typically there will be some white perch crappie holding here during all but the during the cold water period. A good way to catch crappie in the midlake area is by drifting. If you are located in a state that allows multiple crappie rods, set they up at different depths and start drifting or back trolling until you start to catch crappie. Then anchor off and change all your crappie rods to the depth that you started catching crappie.

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