It’s here – my very favorite time of year to fish! The couple of cool snaps we had in October was perfect to start these crappie into their fall transition. It definitely put them in a feeding mode, and are really starting to fatten up. This past week we’ve caught some of the nicest crappie I’ve seen in a long time! I’ll be very honest with you – there is NO “Magic Spot” right now. We are moving around a lot and getting a few here and a few there. Then the bass will move in and seems to run the crappie off. So, we just move on to the next spot.
We’re also having some big bream move in to the brush piles and around the bridges. We are targeting 12 to 24 ft. of water – but, throughout the day they can be as shallow as 8 ft. or as deep as 22 ft. so really watch that depth finder to monitor any changes in depths of the fish and adjust your casts accordingly…(depth is very critical)! It won’t be long and they will be migrating up the creeks following the baitfish.
This time of year a good depth finder is priceless. I just put a Lowrance HDS12 Gen 3 on the front of my boat and it is awesome! That large screen is sure appreciated by these “old eyes”! Something else I’m sure appreciating is not having to jerk my trolling motor up and down 20 times a day – then to have the anchor button – “PRICELESS!” MinnKota has got it going on! I’m amazing people every day when they see this Ulterra in action. It has definitely made my life easier and the older I get the more I like easier! Now as far as the baits we’re using – Lake Fork Tackle’s “Live Baby Shad” w/paddle tail in just about anything with pink in it – like pink/pearl, pink/ chartreuse and on darker days pink/black have been producing for us. Also it doesn’t hurt to tip it with a Berkley Power Nibble. Really watch your line – these crappie have been pushing the bait up. If you see slack line, it’s probably a fish! It’s really been a fun month of fishing and my thanks to all of you!
Don’t forget this is “Customer Appreciation” month at Lake Fork Marina. The rooms are $50 and 25% off all tackle, gifts and apparel. It’s a great time to start your Christmas shopping for the fishermen in your life. My best to you all and “Happy Birthday” to my brother John and glad you’re feeling better Pops! Love to all!!