Went out a few days ago just for crappie(it’s been a while). Fishing with two gentlemen we started off fishing deep for a few hours and then switched to shallow. Launching out of Fate Sanders we motored to the left up-lake. After passing the bridge we stopped at the ledge straight in front of us(to the left of Lamar Hill Cove). The water temperature was 52 degrees with 1ft visibility. I set all of our rods up for tight-lining live minnows and one rod with a 1/16oz Crappie Magnet in pearl\blk flake. We fished the entire ledge to the opening of Lamar Hill catching several short crappie and one catfish. Next I moved up the lake and fished the next flat across from the bluff wall on the right. Stopping on several brushpiles in 14ft-18ft we pulled up a few more short fish, 1 keeper, and another catfish. After 100 yards we cruised down to the flat on the left just before Spring Creek. Still tight lining minnows in 12ft and casting a 1/16oz Crappie Magnet(but this time in clear/gray/black flake), we only caught 1 keeper and a couple yellow bass. Although the weather was perfect we were a little frustrated because we were not catching many keepers. I decided we needed a dramatic change. I motored down lake into Jones Mill Cove and slapped on some floats 2ft-4ft above our minnow. I placed the boat in 5ft while we started casting to isolated stumps in the back of the cove. We only had 1 catch, but it was a good’in! I motored over to Poole’s Knob boat ramp and we parked next to a brushpile sticking out of the water in 5ft. We circled the tree 3 times and caught 4 solid keepers and missing a few others. The water temperature was 55 and I felt like we were putting together a successful pattern. I moved across the channel to the island and parked the boat in 7ft just off the bank. This is a sandy bank that has several trees in 5ft. We hooked on new minnows and chucked our floats out. We caught 2 crappie and one 3lbs bass off the ledge! I idled to the back side of the same island facing the second cut through. We fished 2 trees in 5ft-8ft and caught 6 more solid keepers! Our time was up, but I concluded the keeper crappie were shallow. The last hour we caught the most keepers and we did not catch one short fish. With this weeks temperatures I will continue to stay shallow and fish any wood.
Sorry, there were no replies found.
Log in to reply.