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Crappie Psychic Petit Minnow


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

The Crappie Psychic, a new, 21/2-inch, soft-plastic minnow-style bait with a distinct paddletail action has been responsible for beaucoup crappie as well as bream and bass.

The Petit Minnow has a paddetail; when fished on a light jighead, it is a great bait for targeting crappie. It is gaining in popularity on Lake Fork as it has been a go-to bait used in recent tournaments.

A crappie favorite color is chartreuse/black; the other five Petit Minnow colors are: chartreuse/pink, chartreuse, black/white, black/chartreuse, pink and blue/white. Suggested rigging is a red, 1/16 to 1/32-ounce jig head. In clear water use a 6-pound monofilament; in stained water a higher test line can be used.

Although big slabs can get their mouths around big baits, the Petit Minnow is much closer to the size of the forage they’re often targeting.



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GOOD. Water stained; 59-64 degrees; 1.91’ low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, caterpillars, and Alabama rigs with the known points and among standing timber. White and yellow bass are good on Alabama Rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in the stumps or man-made structures. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait.