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Crappie fishing on Carr Fork


Carr Creek Lake has long been known as a good crappie lake. Over the years I have been lucky enough to catch a lot of nice-size crappie there.

When you consider the small size of this lake and the large amount of fishing pressure it receives, the nice crappie it produces year after year is amazing. My best crappie out of this lake was 17 inches long. This was about seven years ago. I caught it in the Littcarr area of the lake on a minnow.

There is one thing I have learned from over 20 years of crappie fishing on Carr Creek Lake – numbers of crappie can be found in shallow wood cover, but for larger size crappie fish the deeper wood cover.

As for the shallow wood cover, this includes the manmade fish attracters which are marked with floating buoys. Also, there are fallen trees in shallow water and brush piles. Look for these types of areas and fish them as early as you can or at night. This is because after the sun hits the shallow areas the fish will become spooked and move to deeper water. When fishing in shallow areas, if the water is stained or has a darker color to it the crappie will hold in these areas longer and be more active.

When I say shallow water on Carr Creek Lake I mean from four feet deep to around six feet deep. Deeper water is from eight feet to over 20 feet deep. This is my favorite type of crappie fishing, reason being that the deeper fish are less spooked by fishing pressure, weather changes, water temperature changes, and sunlight penetration. Also, the bigger crappie will select the better cover and stay close to it because of food, cover and a escape way to deeper water when threatened.

I just feel that deeper crappie are more dependable and run a little bigger in size. As far as baits and tackle used to catch crappie, you cannot go wrong with a small minnow on light line fished on a light action rod. I prefer to use a floater, because I feel I have more control over my presentation and can tell more about the strike.

Crappie are very color-picky at times, so if you are using artificial baits such as small tube baits you may have to change colors several times during your trip. The best colors of tube baits that I have used on this lake is the green body with a black head or the salt and pepper color that looks like a shad minnow.

As for times to fish, the best time to fish this lake is at night over deep wood cover. The eyes of a crappie are located toward the top of its body, so they look upward to feed most of the time. If you don’t get a bite at one depth try going deeper or more shallow until you find the crappie.

Give these tips a try and have a good trip.

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