Yesterday I crappie fished with two clients for 4 hours. It was a cold morning, but warmed up quickly into the 50s and 60s. The water at Fate Sanders was one foot above summer pool with less than a foot visibility. The water temperature was 56 degrees.
We started casting jigs and minnows under floats around the stake beds in Stewarts Creek. As we fished the stakes going further back into the creek the water temperature was getting cooler. We never caught a fish on any of the stake beds after 4, so I pulled up the trolling motor.
We cruised down lake towards Hong Kong Island. We fished two brush piles on the flat across from Hong Kong Island. We caught one keeper out of 10 feet of water. The water was 57 degrees with 2 foot visibility!
Next we move to the first cove on the left after you pass Bryant’s Grove boat ramp and turn towards Poole’s knob Campground. The water there was clear and 57 as well. I kept the boat in 5 to 9 feet of water while we cast 1/16oz chart jigs with chartreuse and pearl Crappie Magnet. We also tried minnows under floats. We caught two nice keepers out of 4 feet of water around the boulder rocks and lost a giant probably over 14-15″!
We motored to Long Hunter Cove and fished The Long Point out in front. We finished 4 brushpiles around the large sand point and caught zero 0-2 on each brushpile.
Next we moved to Mousetail Island and fished the south bank facing Four Corners Marina. We picked up a few more in brushpiles out of.15 feet of water.
We finished on a pair of trees directly across Bryant’s Grove Cove. We caught two more keepers and then headed in for the day. Each tree we fished, if we got a bite, would be the first 30 seconds and then it would shut down. The fish were fickle. With the water temperature warming yesterday and today the crappie should be moving shallow and able to be caught in 2 to 4 feet of water again.
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