In the mist of our Christmas family schedule and all 3 of my girls being sick I was able to get out yesterday for a few hours with some clients. Fishing for crappie we had a tough day. We only caught around 10 fish, including 3 keepers. I ran the similar pattern and lures I have been having success with, but with the higher water level, muddy water, and current, the crappie were scattered and not very active for us.
We started at the mouth of Spring Creek where the water was 54 degrees and 6″ clarity. Last trip I trolled for a while around Spring Creek and caught a fair amount of slabs. Today was not the same. I trolled with 1/16oz Crappie Magnet Jigs and a variety of color….mostly chartreuse with another color due to the low visibility. We trolled down the main canal to the first hard left in the channel. During that time we caught 3, including one 13″ blacknose. I kept the boat in 10ft-14ft with my jigs 8ft-10ft beneath. We idled back a little further to where there were a lot of bait on the surface with a few bass feeding on them. In 5 minutes with our crappie magnets we caught 2 short, but fun largemouths on our crappie poles.
Next we idled to the finger coves in the back and started casting our magnets to the flat across the channel. Now we were casting 1/8oz jigs with chart/black, chart/green, and solid chart magnets. The water was clearer(but not clear) and 55.6 degrees! Last year I had several weeks of good crappie fishing here, but today there was no bait or fish to be found.
I motored out of Spring Creek to the bank on the right. Trolling in 10ft-14ft over 8 big trees in a 100 yard stretch we zeroed. I packed up our gear and headed up lake. I cruised past Jefferson Pike bridge, around the big flat on the left to the next bluff wall on the left. Down this wall there is several BIG trees that are on the bottom in 15ft-25ft. I have been able to tightline these trees and catch fish after fish in the past few weeks, but all the fish have been short. Today with it being so tough it sounded like a good idea to just reel in some fish. I placed the boat right on top of one trees and we sent our magnets down. The water was clearer and 52 degrees. The first 5 minutes we caught one 12″ white crappie and several short crappie. After 20 minutes without another bite we saddled up.
Our last spot was the next big flat on the left with a couple PVC poles. The water was getting clearer, but the current was getting stronger too….making it hard to fish effectively. We continued with our magnets casting into 4ft-8ft around wood while we sat it 16ft. We caught one more keeper and a few short fish in 30 minutes.
Tough day! I thought it might be because of the rising water, clarity, and current, but not that tough. Really helps you appreciate the days they’re biting good! Hopefully Monday is better!
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