April 8, 2006
Water Temp: 60 - 62 degrees
Water Elevation: 357 rising
Here it is! The event most Crappie fishermen wait all year for. The Crappies are in full blown spawn! I’ve been catching spawning Crappies on the bank in 2 to 7 feet of water. I’m mostly catching them by casting a 1/16 oz jig with chartreuse-pearl or pink curtly tail. I’m also catching fish on ledges in 10 to 20 ft of water. It is important to remember that Crappie spawn off shore as well as on shore. Whether you like to drown a minnow, cast a jig, drift, or troll, you will catch Crappie right now.
The bass are starting to bed just a little, but they are definitely shallow. I’ve been catching quite a few bass accidentally while Crappie fishing. This is my favorite time of year to fish a spinner bait, shallow. Rattle traps, 6in lizards Texas & Carolina rigged, and jig & pig will all produce. When these bass first move shallow in the spring, they seem to be fairly easy to catch before they’ve been up a long time. Come on down and get in on the action before we get them all ”educated”.
Starting to hear of some good action three foot deep along shoreline. Fish a 1/32 oz jig on a bobber tipper with a wax worm.
See ya on the water!
Capt Kirk, out.