The bait gets smaller this time of year. And it changes a lot this time of year. While the conventional notion is to be bold and stand out in the bait, it seems with crappie that less is more.
“The fish are real pressured by this point, and they get really finicky this time of year,” Sheppard said. “More than any other time of the year. You can still get the occasional fish fired up with big 1/4-ounce jigs burning through there, but most of the time it’s 1/16-ounce or lighter and fishing slow.”
Mostly it means dropping from 1/8-ounce down to 1/16 or 1/32-ounce heads and using smaller plastics or hair jigs than you did in the spring when they were feeding and aggressively defending spawning areas.
“One of my favorite plastics is a Jenko Big T Mermaid Jig,” Sheppard said. “But in the summer, I will switch to the smaller Jenko Little Mermaid Jig.”