Today I crappie fished and it sure was tough! I started at 1:30pm and we fishes until 5:30pm. The water was 55 degrees at Fate Sanders and muddy. I went to Stewarts Creek 200 yards passes the first boat ramp and we started long lining six rods with 1/32ounce jigs. We had Crappie Magnets in a variety of colors trolling behind the boat in 5-7 feet of water. We did a lap around the entire Stewarts Creek channel with only catching 3-4 with 1 keeper. All the fishermen were staying out towards the mouth more so I figured the fish had moved out until it warms up again. After we did a big circle we stopped right across from the bluff wall near the boat ramp and fished minnows on some stumps off the creek channel ledge in 14 feet of water. We caught 1 more nice keep there, but that was it. I talked to a couple or fishermen I know who had near their limits spider rigging minnows and jigs. They had been fishing since the morning, but said they were catching keepers early really good. One guy was fishing super shallow.
We headed up passed Fall Creek and fished the next flat on the left. Primarily tightlining minnows in 10 to 15 feet off the bottom around stumps and trees
. We started picking up a few here and there with a couple keepers. We went around the green buoy and fished some in the channel and caught a few more. The bite was very slow.
We finished at the mouth of Fall Creek where it meets the main channel and fished around the green buoy at the end of the bluff wall. We caught two more keepers in 18ft in the deep trees. We ended with only six! It was a slow day and quite chilly. Seems like the spider rigging has been the best since the shallow creek and pocket bite has slowed down. We have more weather in the 60’s coming…..hopefully enough to get the crappie shallow and start their spawning activity again. I love this time of year crappie fishing, but the inconsistent weather can be frustrating.
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