Where are the Crappie?Posted by Abe on October 27, 2014 at 12:29 am
After a good day of Bass fishing on Friday, I went out this afternoon from 1-4 looking to get in on the fall crappie. We had a ton of left over minnows from Friday. We usually put in at Stewarts creek and buy minnows at the shitgo on weakly, this week, I asked for 3 dozen and this lady loaded our minnow bucket with at least 100 minnows. (the bucket aerator couldn’t keep up so we had to throw it in the livewell) Long Story short, we caught ‘0’ crappie today. (Not normal. probably should have gone for bass) We did catch 4 short hybrid (around 8-10 inches). We fished both deep and shallow with a few bites, but no hook up. Anyone know what the crappie pattern is?
MemberOctober 27, 2014 at 12:44 am
I caught one 8″ crappie in 14′ of water in brush pile today on a jig. Sorry, not much help. lol
AdministratorOctober 27, 2014 at 3:33 am
The last couple days have been really tough. One day I had 8 keepers, the next day 5 keepers! I did hear from one of my guides they finally started biting good this afternoon! I think 10ft-12ft and the bigger crappie were active! Crappie Magnets in yellow/chart was working.
MemberOctober 27, 2014 at 3:06 pmquote Amorris3817:
“Shitgo”, I’m not familiar with this baitshop on weakly :D. If it’s the same lady I’m thinking of, she’s not the most friendly person I’ve ever encountered either. Hopefully things start to pick up with the crappies here shortly, been a tough couple weeks for me.
MemberOctober 29, 2014 at 5:05 pm
I longlined for crappie last Sat, in the spring I had the best crappie fishing I have ever had with many days of limiting out in a 3 week period. On Sat I caught zero crappie. I caught many LM, hybrids,white bass and bluegill but not one crappie. I was fishing in 4-7 FOT and then went deeper to 10-17 FOT. I expected the crappie to get shallow at some point and thought the water temp reaching 64 degress would be the turning point. Do the crappie get real shallow here in the fall?
MemberOctober 29, 2014 at 5:37 pmquote Ibdally111:
Sorry to hear that, Ibdally111. Sounds like the last experience I had crappie fishing a couple weekends ago. Whereabouts where you fishing?
MemberOctober 30, 2014 at 11:51 am
I hit Sister Cove first and caught 12 other species on 3 passes shallow and then 3 passes in deeper water with a few more white bass. I then started working my way back into Stewarts Creek. I had planed to go all the way back in the creek but found a area of bait that was crazy big. Literally 150 yards of bait and the fish had pushed them to the top. This was in 37 FOT across from Fate Sanders. I stopped there and trolled through them…3 passes and caught some nice largemouth on crappie cranks but no crappie. I figured they were not crappie I was seeing but the fishfinder forced me to stop there. LOL. I tried to wave down a few guys in the bass tourney to stop but they were hauling through, I think they could have picked up a few of these largemouth. Anyway, I plan on going out tonight but am going to get up in East Fork and spider some trees. I am new to longlining but I am now addicted to it after the spring results I had. I’m not as good as my buddy I went with in the spring (his boat) but I am getting there. I am from Illinois and been in TN 4 years now….I have not done much fall crappie fishing here so I was just curious if they got up real shallow like they did up north in the fall. At some point I have to believe that they will make a huge push shallow and I want to be there when they do. It really seems like they are sticking hard to deeper wood as far as I can tell from the fishing reports.
MemberOctober 30, 2014 at 2:42 pmquote Ibdally111:
I’m new to crappie fishing as well but from everything I’ve read, in the fall crappie usually return to the same general area they were in the spring, to feed up for the winter.
Also, for this “longlining” what’s your gear/setup look like?
MemberOctober 30, 2014 at 4:21 pm
When you say long lining I’m taking that as trolling jigs with curly tails, what speed are you long lining? In the spring I tried it a couple times and didn’t have much luck but I didn’t have a fish finder that gave me an accurate read on my speed, now I do. Since then I pulled cranks around Hong Kong last month and caught some nice crappie late in the day. On OH I pull cranks at 2.8 to 3.0, on JJP seems like they like it closer to 2.0. I have long lined on OH at about .8 to 1.2, don’t know if I need to slow it down on JJP.
MemberOctober 30, 2014 at 5:27 pm
I have some previous posts in early spring that explain the technique we used in detail but we were trolling 1/32 oz jigs with tripletail grubs. Speed was .7 to 1.1 MPH in the spring when water temp was 58 to 64 degrees. As we went deeper and warmer water we were using 1/16 oz jigs with the same speeds. This summer I trolled crappie cranks at 1.5 to 2.5 MPH with mixed results in 8-12 foot. I troll 10 rods with a 1-2 partners. (4) 12 foot, (4) 8 foot and (2) 6 footers. Six rods at the back of the boat and 4 in the front for the guy (me! lol) running the trolling motor. Very effective in the spring. Last Sat I started with crappie cranks and had speed issues so I switched over to 1/16th oz jog and grubs. I have fished for crappie casting jigs/grubs and minnows for most of my life but spring was the first year I had longlined. I met a guy who has been doing it for 20 years and with the results we had I promptly went out and bought the set up. Good multi rod holders are a must also. I drive a 1754 grizzley tracker (solid green) with a 25 HP merc on the back. If anybody sees me on the water stop and say hello. I bass fish all year long but crappie fish in spring and fall till I get enough for a few fish frys. Looking to ugrade my motor so if anybody sees a 60 to 90 HP no older than 1990 I sure would be interested. Console only…no tillers please. My friends call me Dally but my momma calls me Keith. 🙂 Tight lines to all.
MemberOctober 30, 2014 at 9:51 pm
I’ll holler at you if I see you, I’m in a 91 Ranger red and silver, most times I’m running with 8 rods off the front slow trolling or pulling cranks off the back, your welcome to stop by also. You ever go to OH, I live a 1/4 mile from Bledsow so most of my fishing is around there. I do a lot of dock shooting on OH and just got into spider rigging and pulling cranks this past spring. Went on a trip to KY Lake and we had a blast, its a lot more relaxing and the wife will come with me (i’m rigged for two seats on the front). Maybe we can go out one day yours or my boat, I’ll share what I know, although its not much.
Thanks for the feed back,
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