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  • OH crappie

    Posted by rayzor65 on February 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Got out yesterday afternoon to see if I could catch some crappie for dinner. Put in at Cairo and went up river to Bartons creek. I fished some docks both shooting jigs and tightlining in the back of the creek in around 10 FOW with no luck. Then moved to docks in the 15 to 20 FOW range shooting 1/16 oz jigs with several colors using Southern pro grubs and TM with no luck either. I had picked up some minnows just in case and it was just in case time! Started out letting down to the bottom then did one turn, then two turns, three turns to four turns off the bottom seemed the best. The bite was very light, most hook ups were when the line was not vertical, no bump. I wound up with six keepers and put back about a dozen short fish. All docks had lifts in them, and bites were spead out so be patient, if I didn’t have a bite after 15 min to a half hour I moved to another dock, usually didn’t have to wait more than that for a bite, on docks I did get a bite I caught 3 – 6 fish before I moved on. The bite may be better first thing in the am. Water temps ranged from 43-44 at the back of the creeks to 40 – 42 mid creek. Caught a couple small Spot bass (1 – 2 lb) on the bluff wall with southern pro hot grub and 1/16 jig fishing for crappie was using red Chart sparkle (KY Killer) most of those hits were on the fall.

    Good luck all,

    blockel replied 10 years, 4 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • blockel

    February 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks for the report Rayzor!

    I’ve got to ask, were you shooting the minnows under the docks or straight lining them?

    Also, what depth proved to be must effective for you?

  • rayzor65

    February 17, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I was shooting the jigs, don’t think minnows could survive the ride, 😮 I have shot jigs tipped with meal worms to try and get em to bite, that one is still under review. The two docks I did the best on were both double slip docks with a boat one side and a empty lift the other, I think they were right at 18 FOW and I was fishing 4 feet off the bottom, tightlining the minnow with my 8 foot rod between the empty lifts floats. I wished I had brought my 10 foot rod to be able to cover more area. I used small minnows. Had another buddy who was out yesterday also, he was tightlining over laydowns on a steep bank, he put 10 in the boat and did say the bite early in the day was definitely better than the afternoon for him, he wouldn’t say where he was fishing.


  • blockel

    February 18, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks again for the info, Ray! I might try to make it out to the Station Camp Creek this weekend, I know there’s a lot of deep docks there.

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