Tar River Crappie

Tar River Crappie While other types of fishing on the Tar River can produce its biggest species, some of the hottest, most consistent action around is the winter crappie bite, especially trips targeting the fish from Tarboro to Greenville.

The schooling pan fish are most plentiful from December through February when the woods flanking the Tar are brown but the skies are often bright blue and water cold and clear. Once schools of black crappie are located, the action can be endless.

Primarily fishing small jigs on lightweight tackle and casting at large trees and other year-round structures, crappie bite and fight hard, especially the Tar's trophy-sized fish in excess of 15 inches, which are not uncommon and are in fact reeled in on an annual basis. Although not as common, fish even in the 17-18-inch class are known to run down a jig and put up a drag-pulling fight on light tackle.

With such consistent action possible, this is a great opportunity to learn and perfect techniques for jigging and catching fish in moving water. When the bite is hot, 15 fish per angler is almost always an achievable goal.

Winter can be one of the best times of the year to view wildlife on the Tar, and this trip offers endless opportunities. That includes sighting one of the river's apex predators, the bald eagle, which along with ospreys, hawks and owls nest in the trees overlooking the water. The river's blonde-colored sand banks and shallow twists and turns are home to native waterfowl, wading birds like herons and cranes, beavers, otters and other permanent residents who rely on the river ecosystem.

The boat is made for fishing these waters, all tackle and gear is provided and the guide is a North Carolina native who has fished these waters and countless others across the planet his entire life, giving anglers the best chance possible to have a day of fishing they won't forget.

Book a crappie trip today by calling Call us now at (907) 575-6428 or emailing fishingwithcbgs@gmail.com.


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