For many anglers, fishing for crappie is an open water game. And whether they look for deep holes or shallow water with sunken brushpiles or stumps, you’ll find many anglers watching their electronics closely for any sign of fish or submerged debris that could be hiding the fish. It’s a great way to put crappie in the boat, but it’s not the only way.

In lakes with surface vegetation, fishing in the thick of them can net just as many crappie as a stump in open water. If you’re one of the countless anglers that bypasses patches of duckweed, lily pads, hyacinth, and other clumps of vegetation, you’re missing out on a lot of fish. 

Anglers who pull up to these weed beds and fish only the outer edges of them for fear of getting tangled in the middle are also missing out.

Watch the attached video for tips on catching crappie directly in the middle of some of the thickest vegetation you’ll find.