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  • Posted by Brian on December 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    My last trip on Priest the other day was phenomenal!  Fishing with a father and son we caught over 40 crappie including 22 giant keepers!  Out of the 40 the short fis were really short and the keepers were really big.  I think we only had 1 keeper between 10″-11″.

    I pulled out the trolling rigs for this trip and half of the fish we caught were trolling. 

    I started at the mouth of Lamar Hill trolling 8 rods with 1/16oz Crappie Magnet jigs with 6 different colors.  I usually trolling with 1/32oz jigs, but i wanted to get the Magnets down further in the 8-12ft range.  Starting on the left ledge before the opening to Lamar hill and then 200 yards past the opening we caught 12 fish including white bass, crappie, and yellow bass.  Out of those 12 we caught 3 keepers.  I kept the boat in 10-14ft and trolled at .7-.9mph. 

    Next I moved to the left bank just before Spring creek.  I kept the boat in the same depths and trolled to the mouth of the creek. In those 300 yards we caught a lot of crappie with several quality keepers. We quickly realized they were hitting the chartreuse/green and chartreuse/yellow Magnets so we changed all of the rigs to those colors.  We made several passes, catching fish on each pass.  When we trolled over a tree or any wood we would pick up a crappie or two.

    I motored over to the PVC poles up just past the Sprint Creek mouth and we started casting 1/8oz chartreuse/green magnets.  I kept the boat in 18-20ft and we would get our bites in 8-15ft while retrieving and jigging slowly.  There we caught  several more shorts and quality keepers.

    Our next 2 spots were the green channel flat just up from spring and fall creek and the next flat up on the right with the PVC pole and exposed stumps.  Both of those area produced nada.  I usually do really well there, but it has been dead for almost 2 weeks.

    We packed up our gear and motored past the Jefferson Pike bridge, around the big flat on the left to the PVC poles at the beginning of the next flat on the right.  Out in front of those poles is more brush in 8ft-12ft.  Casting our same magnets we caught several giant keepers there. 

    Lastly, we fished the next flat up from the poles on the left.  Sitting in 15ft and casting to the stumps and logs on 4ft we slowly retrieved down the ledge and caught both small and large crappie on our same color magnets!

    What a fun day!  We caught crappie at each spot we went and saw a lot of quality fish.  The water temp was 47-51 throughout the day(the warmer water was further up lake) and the clarity was clear a 1ft neat Lamar hill and  2ft in the river! 

    To purchase the Crappie Magnets we used at 20% OFF for just several more days go to and into the store!

    creekcrappie replied 9 years, 6 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • ibdally111

    December 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Glad to hear the long lining is finally turning back on Brian. I have been out a few times this month to LL in Stewarts Creek but I have not caught the fish like we did in the spring. I found a mess of crappie up in East Fork last week and I hope they are still there today. Hard mess of fish to catch and I am going to try some minnows today. They are hard stuck on the wood and I had to barely move the casting jig to get bites. I will try minnows on a 1/8 tight lined spider rig this afternoon. Just like you said I am catching really small fish or easy keepers, not much in between. Not putting up the numbers like you did (fishing solo) but my partner should be able to help put some in the boat today. If that don’t work I guess I try trolling again…thanks for the report.

  • creekcrappie

    December 22, 2014 at 3:22 am

    I can’t believe I didn’t run into you yesterday. On the bluff wall in the back of spring creek I caught 60+ crappie off two trees and a laydown tree friday off the bank. Only two were keepers though 😡

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