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Gabby’s fishing fever

Return to action several days away

Writer Greg “Gabby” Caudill made a return trip to the outdoors show held yearly at the East KY Expo Center in Pikeville.

Writer Greg “Gabby” Caudill made a return trip to the outdoors show held yearly at the East KY Expo Center in Pikeville.

It is that time of early spring when a lot of anglers have their mind on crappie fishing. The early season is only a few weeks away if the weather stays warm and stable and the water does not get very muddy.

The crappie will start to move toward more shallow and shoreline areas as they get into the pre-spawn period. When they are doing this it is easy to catch a number of crappie by using the right patterns and fishing in the best areas that crappie will use this time of year.

Most anglers like to go to the backwater areas when the rising lake is flooding new areas and where places like old creek and river channels are filling up, and along banks that offer both shallow and deeper areas.

Springtime crappie will search out these types of areas to feed and to wait out the spawning cycle. We are blessed enough to have a good crappie lake close by. Carr Creek Lake has always been a pretty good lake for crappie fishing. I have fished it in early spring for many years and always do good for numbers of crappie, including a few nice size ones.

A nice live minnow is a perfect bait fished under a small bobber or straight under a line. Small colored crappie jigs or tube baits are always a top choice. It will not be long before the great early spring action starts up.

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The big boat and RV show was at the East KY Expo Center in Pikeville this past weekend. We got to go and had a real good time, as always. There were a lot of really nice boats, campers, ATV’s, trucks and even a brand new Corvette. Try to go to a boat show soon. They are always fun.

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