Today I was on the lake from 12pm-6pm. We were in hunt for a stringer of crappie……….but that did not happen.
We started just past Jones Mill in the little coves along the bluff wall. Tight lining minnows and Chartreuse/Clear Crappie Magnets on Crappie Magnet 1/8oz jig heads, we fished brushpiles in 14ft-18ft with minimum bites and only one keeper. The water was dingy with less than a 1ft clarity.
We moved down lake towards Pooles Knob campground. The water was clearer and 65 degrees. Fishing trees in 16ft we caught a few more short fish and 2 keepers. We crossed the channel to the flat in front of Hong Kong Island and fish some shallow wood with no bites. We moved further down lake near Four Corners. The wind was blowing from the north, making it hard to fish, but I wanted to try a few big trees. The next few brushpiles we caught just a few with no keepers.
We motored near Long Hunter and finally started catch a lot of fish in 14ft-18ft, both on minnows and Crappie Magnets(Chart/clear). The only problem was almost all the fish were short.
I decided to make the long run up to Spring Creek. The water clarity was normal at 1ft, but the water temperature was 62! We fish 6 brushpiles on the channel ledge and caught some giant slabs! The bite was not great up there, but a little better.
For the trip we ended up with over 20, including 8 keepers. The crappie are slow right now, mainly because of all the inconsistencies…..water level, water clarity, and water temperature. Once everything stabilizes in a few days the crappie will be active again.
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