Yesterday I was out for 5 hours in the morning in search for some slabs.
I know a lot of fish are on the bank, but I wanted to try some deeper brushpiles. I started around Fate Sanders on a few shallow spots first. We started on the right point at the mouth of Stewart’s Creek. The water temperature was 68 degrees with 1ft visibility. We tied on 1/16oz chartreuse jigs heads with pink/chart and green/chart Crappie Magnets. Sitting in 7ft we cast into 2ft retrieving slowly. There is a big tree in 5ft on this point that has been holding a few crappie……but none today. We caught 2 short fish after 20 minutes and made a move.
Next, I stopped across from the Pooles Knob boat ramp on the back side of the island. Fishing the sandy stretch near the cypress trees up to the bluff wall we caught 3 keepers casting our jigs. There are a few isolated trees on this flat that crappie love in the spring. I kept the boat in 8ft while we cast into 2ft.
I cruised to the south side of Mousetail Island(side facing Four Corners) and fished 6 brushpiles in 8ft-20ft. The water clarity was better and the temperature was 69. We started tight-lining minnows off the bottom in the trees and vertically fishing our jigs. We did not crush the crappie, but we did manage to catch 6-8 nice slabs.
After the bite slowed down I motored to the flat directly in front of Hong Kong Island. Bouncing around brushpiles in 8ft-16ft with our minnow and jigs……we caught 10-12 more slabs!!! The bite was pretty good there!
Later in the day I fished Jones Mill Cove. The water temperature was now 72 degrees! Casting our Crappie Magnets to the shore while sitting in 8ft we caught several nice crappie on the back bank. There were also largemouth bass feed on the big left point at the mouth of the cove!
We ended the day with 25 keepers. Fun day on the lake crappie fishing!
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