Well, the answer to that depends on who you talk to. Some say yes, others say no. I have to go with the “maybe finished” group.
The fish market this year got off to a slow start. For a while, the ones I caught were full of eggs. Then some definitely spawned, so I started trying to catch up on eating.
The fishing was good but not like a year ago. Now the bite is finally getting this good, the fish I catch are lean and eggless. Every once in a while, I still catch one that has eggs, but not as many as the previous ones.
Although the crappie fishing is good, my best results come out of 20-25 feet of water. It took me a while to switch between different sizes of Blakemore Road Runner jigheads before I finally figured out which Jig, retrieve and which Bobby Garland or Blakemore Road Runner plastic bait to use as both work.
What I like about the Road Runner jighead is that it’s easy to change bait colors and styles and has a small rotating blade. I only use these two lure makers; each has different plastics and both catch fish. Blakemore also has hair and feather Crappie lures, but I like plastic in the spring.
If your crappie fishing is slow, just keep changing bait colors and changing jig weights. Right now I’m doing better on a 1/16 Oz. White Blakemore Road Runner jig head. These light heads aren’t exactly good in the high winds we had.
When I could catch the wind, not huff and puff, my light gear worked best. I lost a few too many blown light jigs in my brush piles and wanted to stay.
Now, in addition to what I had figured out about colors and depths, I started trying different recoveries. I started with deep recoveries, but that didn’t work out very well because the high winds had created undercurrents.
Try dropping a light jig of any type on the left side and it was likely to get snagged in a bush on the right side of a dock finger. Along with that, the drift made it hard to distinguish a bite from a limb until you place the hook and it doesn’t move.
Now I had tried bigger and heavier jigs, but the strong current carried them away too and they didn’t get bitten much. I’m no Einstein, but after catching a fish or two, I started noticing that the crappie I was catching were all on the light jig drop.
I was pulling the line out because it was falling a little faster that way than letting it spiral on my spool. I really started watching my line as it fell. I had slept I guess, because now I was starting to see it stop. I never smelled most of the fish that got caught.
Well, that plan held for a few days. Then it was harder than a rock to eat a bite or fish for the drop. What goes down must go up and I went to the bottom and started slowly going up; the current still moved it but I started catching fish again on a slow steady reel.
It was still Wednesday morning. After carrying the puppies for their morning outing and back home, Susan had prepared their breakfast. I got hungry just so you know where I am on the totem.
I went back downstairs and put a new padlock for this year on the door, then went downstairs to let myself go to the meat market, picking up a cane rigged with a 1/8 oz Blakemore. Jig head which I had to use because all my little 1/16 oz, Blakemore Road Runners had given their all for me.
This week, I stayed out of the fish market, except for the little fishing I did on Wednesday morning. I caught five in about 30 minutes, all were big but skinny. Like I was going to have to take my riding mower to Sam’s in Sherman to figure out what was wrong; I let go of all the fish I caught that morning.
The wind wasn’t blowing and the ones I caught all went to the bottom, then I used a slow retrieve. Will it hold? I’ll see next week. I have requested a fresh load of 1/16 Oz White Blakemore Road Runner Heads and am waiting for the government snails in the Postal Service to bring them here.
If I was chasing crappie now, I would be looking in deeper water with or around brush. Don’t get confused, change colors and sizes when fishing for crappie. Find the right one and mark on the right fish to eat. I actually fried 25 fillets on Thursday night for us and Susan’s sister and my nephew Jack from Wisconsin. They had never eaten crappie and I thought maybe I fried too much; boy, i was wrong, they woofed them.
Talking to my guide friends in our cove, they say they’ve been fighting the wind in the more open waters for a long time now, early and late to stay afloat, but they’re catching limits of fish. Although I’m not looking for bars and stripes if you see white egrets working in the water and sitting on the bank, it may be a good idea to go towards them if you are using lures. A good choice of lure for this might be a YUMbrella Flash Mob Jr.
There are a few scattered Topwater Stripers and Sandbass starting to spawn, I hear. Some say there are Creek Chug Pencil Throws and smaller 5 and 41/2 inch 11900P and 12100P Striper Strikes in these surfacing fish. Live bait still has the edge now, but these hard lures and others will soon start giving them a run.
If you’re buying gas for your boat and truck now, pack some smelly salts to keep you from passing out as the numbers pile up. On Tuesday, I filled up mine and Susan’s vehicles and took 30 gallons of gasoline in jerrycans with us to Tombstone. I hate to see that figure when I get the bill
Looks like we might finally get a break from the gusty wind. I crossed my toes hoping that would happen. Go fishing.