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    Posted by matt1971 on February 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Headed out tomorrow because I got bad cabin fever. I’m a decent crappie fisherman but any help would be appreciated. I have good electronics and am set up to troll, spider rig or 1 pole. I will say that I have no idea where to start this time of year or what to use.

    Thanks in advance,

    Matt

    matt1971 replied 7 years ago 4 Members · 9 Replies
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  • robertsrandy

    Member
    February 16, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I will be fishing minners and crappie jigs over brush piles along the river channel in 5 to 15 ft. If no luck, I may also try 5 to 15 ft deep off some of the first creek channel points coming in from the river channel. I’m betting on pre-spawn fishing patterns.

  • robertsrandy

    Member
    February 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Also, I always start in 10 to 15 ft depth (2 to 3 cranks off the bottom) except during the spawn when water temp is about 60 degrees. Then I go shallow.

  • matt1971

    Member
    February 16, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks a lot! I’ll report back for sure.

  • troutspin

    Member
    February 17, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Newbie here, hijacking the thread. When you say “along the river channel” in 10-15 feet, can you provide a little more description? By river channel, I assume you are talking about the main channel in the lake. Are you focusing on 10-15′ flats near the main channel? Sorry if these are dumb questions, I’m new to lake fishing from a boat and am trying to learn. Thanks.

  • robertsrandy

    Member
    February 17, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Yes…. I was meaning the main channel in the lake, which used to be Stones River before the dam was built. Over the years, I have become most confident when crappie fishing over brush piles in 5 to 15 ft deep where the river channel bends (not along the straight away). I hardly ever catch fish along where the channel runs straight. Sometimes the channel will bend near a point, or a bluff bank, or a flat. I have better luck fishing around structure that’s near a “deep water get away” (5 to 15 ft deep, that quickly drops off into 25 to 40 ft.
    The main mistake I made when learning to catch crappie was fishing “under the crappie”. Once I learned to find brush piles in the places mentioned above (where crappie like to hang out), let the minnow sink to the bottom then reel up 2 or three turns…. then I started catching some. The rule of thumb is, crappie are not bottom feeders. They feed up, not down. One must position the minnow or crappie jig above the fish.
    When I see a bouy near the bank, that usually indicates a bend in the channel, and there are usually some brush piles sunken nearby to fish around (in different depths). Also, you can try fishing around some of the fish atractors (marked by white pvc pipe sticking out of the water). These white markers are indicating where brush piles have been sunken by the Army Corp of Engineers. For all the reasons mentioned above, they were strategically placed in locations where fish like to hang out.
    Everyone has different ideas and strategies. This is just what works for me.

  • robertsrandy

    Member
    February 17, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Also, the same rules apply when fishing in the creek channels (used to be creeks before the dam was built).
    Try different depths between 5-15 ft deep. Try points, bluffs and flats where the channel bends. If you catch several crappie at 10 ft depth (2 cranks off the bottom), and near a point…. then you can duplicate that same fishing pattern in other parts of the lake on that day and probably catch more fish. Thats called a pattern. On any given day, crappie seem to copy each other. If they are biting on a flat in 15 ft depth near a creek channel bend (3 cranks off the bottom), then go find another brush pile in the same type of location, and you’ll probably catch a few more. I hope this is helpful.

  • troutspin

    Member
    February 17, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Extremely helpful. Thanks so much for the advice.

  • snowman

    Member
    February 18, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Great info…Thanks for sharing!

  • matt1971

    Member
    February 18, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Caught 7. 2 of keeper size. All on minnows at mouth of creeks 15 ft deep. Didn’t see many fish caught.
    Thanks for the info!

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