Just got in from a crappie trip. It was a tough day.
The wind was strong out of the north, the water was up AND muddy……not the best set up for a great day!
We started around the first cut through island out of the wind on the back flat. Fishing with minnows and Chart Crappie Magnets in 10ft, we caught a few with 1 keeper. We tried a few more brushpiles in that area and then moved to the flat in front of Hong Kong. We fished 2 brushpiles there with a few crappie, all short out of 14ft.
Then we moved near Long Hunter boat ramp to get out of the wind. Fishing in 15ft-18ft we caught several including 3 nice keepers. The wind was getting too strong so I decided to go back up lake and try some PVC poles. I thought that would work great since they were all in 9ft-11ft. That plan did not work out that well. Most of the PVC poles were under water and the ones that weren’t were not holding any fish.
Finally, I moved up further into the river and started fishing brushpiles near Spring Creek on the channel ledge. We picked up 10 keepers and the client had enough to take home! Tough day.
The bass have been slower since Monday when we slayed them. The water is now down 2ft, the sun is out, and the clouds are gone. With that said, it has become a flipping bite. Yesterday I caught 10-12 behind Hong Kong on the A-rig, but only 2 were keepers! We were just casting to the tree line and reeling in at a medium pace. After we went awhile without a bite we moved behind Four Corners Marina as far back as we could go on the left side. We fished in 3ft-8ft of water casting zara spooks, buzzbaits, texas rig craws and a-rigs. The only fish caught was a 5lb on a spook in 2ft of water in flooded weeds. There was not much bait back there, which was a little discouraging.
We finished up around the corner at the Four Corners picnic area(there are some benches and grills there). Flipping trick worms and jigs to the bushes in 3ft we had one good fish one that managed to unbutton.
It is a little different having the water up in the fall like this. Usually it floods in the spring and when the water descends the fish move out with them. However, now it is fall and the water temperature is 64 degrees…which is when the fish usually move up into the shallows. My game plan is to stay shallow as the water drops. Buzzbaits, spooks, jigs, etc, will be the name of the game for me. At least for now!
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