Catching Crappie from bridges

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Catching Crappie from bridges

Catching crappie from bridges is generally an easy thing to do year around. 

The crappie holds to the area for several reasons. The bridge offers the fish cover, shade, food supply, and year around comfort on deeper bridges.  The average angler will just tie up to one set of pillars on the bridge and set back with a couple of rods rigged with minnows and just wait till they bite. 

That's fine for just relaxing but if you really want to catch some fish you've got to move around. I have found the best and most productive way is to use my trolling motor and work around each and every pillar, by the time I've fished 2-3 sets of pillars I know if the fish are biting there or not.  The season determines where you start fishing on a long bridge with lots of pillars. 

Here in Texas it's not uncommon for the bridges to be ¼ - ½ mile long with pillars every 30 ft. or so deciding where to start can be very important. If you know the depth the crappie are at that time of year just start at that depth. Otherwise fish the bridge in sections. Let's say its mid winter so you may want to start on the deeper pillars. Fish 2-3 sets and then move down to a different depth and try there and so on. 

Just remember deep bridges hold fish year around so unless the bite is just no good at the time your there you should catch some crappie. Remember also bridges are just one of many spots to catch crappie. So if you really want to be able to catch crappie all the time you've got to have more tricks up your sleeve. 

They provide the best Crappie experience. We are planning our next trip. After fishing Cedar Creek in 1968, Chuck introduced us to Dock Shooting- a super experience. Reilly Bros.

- Reilly -

Great day of fishing. I had an employee event - took four boats - caught over 130 fish. Great day - great guides

- Wynne -

Had a great time 3 generations in my family went with me and guide was patient and put us on fish. Great afternoon! This was my second trip with Big Crappie and they impressed both times

- Knapp -

Went out on a crappie trip and had a great time. My friend fishes very little and I was worried he wouldn't be able to catch anything. They walked him through the moves and coached him along the way.

- Muntz -

We hired Chuck to fish for hybrids. We were only 1 fish away from limiting out for a 1/2 day booking. Great time on the water. Chuck's worth taking out;he'll put fish in the cooler

- Miller -

Just wanted to say how much I appreciated the treatment of my son and I.Of course we caught fish but what really impressed me was how much time you spent teaching and just shooting bull with my son.

- Jon Boyd -