October 19, 2006
Air Temp: High 60 / Low 40
Water Temp: High 65 / Low 61
Water Elevation: 354.62
Water Clarity: Clear
The Crappie fishing has been pretty good the past couple of weeks. I’ve been catching extra nice sized Black Crappie as shallow as 2 ft deep on lay-downs and brush. The only problem is the fish are scattered. I can catch Crappie on the main lake and 2/3 of the way back in bays. I’ve caught them as shallow as 2 foot and as deep as 25 foot.
With the water temperatures in the low 60’s, the Crappie are very comfortable anywhere on the lake. I’ve been catching 20 to 50 ”keepers” most days, but expect the numbers and size of the Crappie to increase as the temps fall. 60 degrees is the Crappie’s favorite temp. So as the shallows fall into the mid 50’s, the fish will group up nearer deeper water at the mouths of bays. The best is yet to come!
Cast 1/16 oz jigs with white or chartreuse curly tails or minnows around brush in 8’ to 12’ of water for consistent Crappie action.
The bass are shallow! Fish top waters, small shallow running crank baits, spinner baits with a number 3 willow blade, rattle traps, and finesse worms. Fish lay-downs, secondary points, grass in the back of bays, and shallow gravel bars for some action. Expect the fish to be more on the small side this time of year. But if you’re in the right place at the right time it can be great for a little while!
I’ve seen some really nice messes of Bluegill come to the cleaning station. Fish a chunk of night crawler on a split shot rig on points for good action!
Capt Kirk, out!