How to Build Crappie Fish Attractors

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Building and submerging fish attractors for black and white crappie can improve your creel limits out on the water. These sporty panfish seek out attractors for two reasons: to find food and to avoid becoming food. Crappie are in the middle of the freshwater food chain because they are both predator and prey. Attractors lure baitfish and swimming insects, while providing cover for crappies to hide from predators.

How to Build Crappie Fish Attractors

Place the trunk of a dead holiday tree in one of the holes in a cinder block.

Pour quick-set cement into the hole and let harden. Repeat for as many fish attractors as desired.

Transport the fish attractors to a lake or body of fresh water where you have permission to submerge them.

Look for shaded areas near shore, such as a tree-lined bank, where the water reaches a depth of 10 to 15 feet within 15 feet of the shore. Focus on areas with a steep dropoff from the shoreline, but also locations where it will be comfortable to fish.

Toss the cinder block with attached tree into the lake about 10 to 15 feet from the bank, or use a boat and row to the desired spot.

Submerge the fish attractor so that the cinder block touches the lake bottom and the tree remains upright, as though still planted in the ground. Submerge several fish attractors about 5 feet apart, or scatter them at favorite spots around the lake.

Tie brush piles or tree branches with heavy monofilament line and submerge them in shallow water to make effective fish attractors for spring, when crappie move into shallow water to spawn.


  • When using a rowboat to place fish attractors in deeper water, do not exceed the weight limit of the boat. Make several trips if necessary.


  • Dead Christmas trees are effective crappie attractors because they can flee into the branch structures to escape large predatory fish like muskie, northern pike and largemouth bass.


About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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