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Published: January 6, 2016

Winter Crappie Tips from Professional Angler Brent Chapman

When bass fishing slows down, Brent Chapman fills his family freezer up with big crappie. (Photo courtesy of Brent Chapman)

By: Lynn Burkhead,

For Brent Chapman, bass fishing is all about catch-and-release.

So too is his wintertime crappie fishing activities on his home water of Lake Quivira near Kansas City, Kansas.

It's just that when it comes to the big sided sac au lait slabs from fat and prime wintertime crappie, the catch-and-release is into a bowl of fishing fry coating and on into a fryer bubbling with hot peanut oil!

Winter is great time to catch a mess of prime-time crappie destined for the skillet according to Chapman.

"Yeah, it's a great time to fish for them," said the 2012 BASS Angler of the Year. "In fact, it's one of the best times of the year since the fish tend to school up in the winter months better than any other time of the year.

"When the bass fishing starts to slow down - and the deer hunting is over for the year - the crappie seem to bite really, really well."

And that's why Chapman puts a six-step plan into place as he searches for big crappie to fill up the family freezer.

What are those six steps? Find out here.