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Gabby’s fishing fever

Fishing for crappie in high water

The water level of Carr Creek Lake was already up near summer pool and had a good color to it. I had received reports from several fisherman that some nice crappie were being caught.

Many crappie were starting to move toward the shallow water to feed and were starting to set up on a normal spring pattern of holding on wood and brush cover. Some fisherman were starting to night fish, some with good success.

During the past week, however, all it has done is rain, bringing the already-full lake to several feet above summer pool. What this means for the crappie fisherman is that it will be up to the weather to determine the quality of crappie fishing for the next few weeks.

Reports are calling for a return to nice weather, which means the crappie fishing should be stable. At this time of year the crappie have a natural reaction to move shallow. And with the lake at several feet above normal and areas newly flooded, this offers fish like crappie and bass new food on which to feed. In some cases I have seen this cause a feeding frenzy in the shallows.

This all sounds good, and it can be as long as the weather is stable during this high water period. The crappie will continue to hold shallow as long as the water stays high. Then as the water returns to normal summer pool the crappie will move and hold on the cover.

With the water high, look to find crappie in areas where tree limbs with blooms are hanging in the water. This provides the shallow water crappie an excellent form of cover. The green leaves also put oxygen into the water and the tree limbs will hold small bugs for the smaller bait fish to feed on and this will move in the larger fish like the bass and crappie to feed on them. Partially submerged limbs of willow trees often hold the best fishing.

Once you have located this type of spot you can fish using a minnow, a small tube bait, a curly tail grub, or a doll fly for bait. Most of the time you will only need to fish about four feet deep. Start by placing your bait close to the outside areas of the tree limb. You can fish with or without a floater. I will use a floater in this type of cover most of the time to keep from getting hung up on the tree limb when a crappie pulls the bait under the limb. A floater will also let you have control of the depth you are fishing at and show a strike better.

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