Two monster black crappie part of her clients 75 fish limit.
October could not have been more awesome! It started out a little slow, but after a couple of cold fronts things started getting real good. These big slabs have gone into a feeding frenzy. November should be incredible. Personally, it’s my favorite time to fish.
There are good crappie showing up at all the bridges. I’m pitching double rigged jigs alongside the pilings at about 20-25 feet and just let it fall back to the boat. They are hitting the jigs “on the fall” so watch your line close. They are not hitting it hard. Your line will just go slack so when in doubt JERK!
At daybreak they can be up to 12 to 16 feet. This all depends on the depth of the baitfish that are moving through. So keep monitoring your depth finder and adjust your casts accordingly.
The colors that are working for me are “Dr. Ginger” (Innamon w/ blue tail) “Bad Shad” (gray w/ black and gray tail) or “Ghost” (gray w/ blue tail).
If you hit a day where crappie just won’t cooperate at the bridges, it’s time to head south and start checking the main lake points and deep humps. I generally correlate the depth I’m catching them at the bridges and graph these depths first. They have been showing up in 22 to 28 foot. Once again, look for baitfish.
Any bright color jig seems to be working. I’m using double rigged “Hotsy Totsy” bright pink w/ yellow tail and green w/ blue tail. Gently hop these jigs one to three cranks off the bottom.
If you want to have some fun, you need to try Joe Spait’s flash tail spoons. I’m finding these baits are catching larger crappie. The fun of this bait is you’ll not only catch crappie but yellow bass, largemouth, and even catfish. Needless to say we have had a great time with these baits, especially on my Shimano Ultra lights! They make fishing fun!
I hope all of you have a wonderful thanksgiving! Be safe, especially on the water!
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