Yesterday I had two trips….both for crappie.
The crappie are really starting to turn on in the shallows and almost all are full of eggs.
On my first trip we started trolling with our 6 rods and Crappie Magnets on 1/32oz in front of Lamar Hill(the main channel). I kept the boat in 8ft-12ft and trolled at .7-.9mph. We caught around 15 with 8 keepers really quickly. Then we moved down into the Spring Creek and Fall Creek area and trolled the bay on the left just before you get to Spring Creek. There we caught 10 more with 4 keepers. Purple/Chart seemed to be a hot color.
Then we trolled the mouth of Fall Creek. We had a few short fish, but now keepers. I decided to try the back of the Fall Creek around the stumps casting 1/16oz…… only 3 keepers back there after 45 minutes. However, the only color I could get them to hit was Fast Lane(blue and silver).
We headed back over to the mouth of Larmar and picked up 6 more keepers on the same ledge trolling
Lastly we took one lap on the flat at Stewarts Creek(on the right before the long point) and caught one more keeper there.
On my second trip I want to try some different areas. So, we headed over to the youth camp past the second cut through and started casting minnows and floats to brushpiles in 8ft-10ft. After 4 brushpiles we had 6 nice keepers! Then we headed back up lake a little and fished the back side of the island at the first cut through. Fishing with our floats in 4ft and casting 1/16oz jigs(pink/chart) we caught 3 more keepers and several short fish.
We motored over Jones Mills and start casting our floats to wood cover. There the crappie were really biting! We caught 15 keepers including several over 1lb! Our float was set 3ft-5ft. There was a lot of bait in there as well as yellow bass and white bass.
Lastly we hit the first cove on the left after you pass Bryants Grove boat and head towards Hong Kong Island. Water to low there for the cover I wanted to fish……nothing.
All and all, GREAT day. Total my boat brought in 42 keepers! The shallow crappie season has started!
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