Where’s the crappie?
For about 6 weeks from mid May through June I could find crappie schooled up with my electronics and we tore them up. But starting after that big rain 2-3 weeks ago through this past weekend I’ve not found any large congregation of crappie. I’m just finding a few here and there. Which lead me to do tons of scouting for the numbers I had been seeing. I primarliy fish from Bryants Grove to Hobson Pike bridge in the summer months. I combed a lot of that area with my electronics. I also went down the lake checking lots of spots from Hobson Pike Bridge to bear island scouting for several hours one night and fished a few spots, nada. I declared the lower end a wasteland and vowed not to go back until I can actually find a substantial amount brush. I only found a pile here and there with very little to no fish on it. I guess most people down the lake just pleasure ride and/bass fish.
So that leads me to some questions. I noticed the surface water temp was around 88-90 degrees everywhere I fished. Is the water temps a little cooler up lake where they may be some current and/or rain run off? Do the crappie move back up lake during the heat of the summer? Or are they just scattered? I thought they school up during the summer, which with good electronics they are ripe for the picking.
I’d like to know you guys thoughts. Brian, are you catching any large numbers of crappie?
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