I hope everyone had a great Christmas! After a week break from the ake I got out this morning and fished a few hours for crappie. With the high winds, rain, and clouds we did not travel far from Fate Sanders.
We motored to Stewarts Creek and drop the trolling motor across from the Stewarts Creek boat ramp. Sitting in 12 to 18′ of water we slowly trolled the creek channel ledge following the stump row. They water temperature was 54ﾟ with almost 2′ visibility. The 1st 100 yds we had several bites and lost a few, but were not able to land any. We were fishing minnows tightlined off the bottom 2′ and casting Crappie Magnets in pearl/chartreuse. I switched between a 1/8oz and 3/16oz jig. We motored to the back near the narrowing of the creek and fished the little bluff wall with chunk rock. With the boat in 8′ of water we cast to a submerged tree. We had 3 to 4 on with the a minnow and float and caught 5 including 3 keepers on the Crappie Slab Curl. The slab curl has the larger body than the original Crappie Magnets and a curly tail. We fished down the bluff wall with a few more short fish before it got too shallow.
Next we moved back out of the creek and fished the mouth near the main channel. Sitting on the ledge of the main point at the mouth of Stewarts Creek we tightlined minnows in 10 to 14′ of water. We found a few trees and caught a couple keepers and a few short crappie in addition to a catfish.
The wind and rain picked up so we moved under the bridge and tried the large tree on the right just past the right pillar. The water temp was 52 with less than 1ft visibility. We caught one short fish right off the bat and then the weather took a turn for the worse and we headed in.
It was nice to get out and catch some crappie. I can’t wait to spend the whole day on the lake when the weather is nice! Hopefully that will be Tuesday.
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