Whitesburg KY

Gabby’s fishing fever

Large crappie are being caught

I have received reports of good crappie action and good size crappie being caught on most area lakes in Kentucky and Tennessee. Most lakes are fairly stable now with a surface temperatures in the 59 to 60 degree range.

Most lakes have a visibility of around two to three feet deep, which is good because crappie, and bass, will use this off-colored water to move shallow and hold in the thickest, heaviest wood cover available.

As you are going along a bank looking for a spot to start crappie fishing, look for the end of a main lake point or a steep bank with a flat that drops off into deeper water or even a boat dock with wood cover sunk around it. All of these are prime structure for fall crappie and all have the same things in common that will attract and hold crappie.

Large amounts of wood cover enable crappie to hold in the shallow water to feed. If a crappie feels threatened because of fishing pressure or a weather change it will move to the deepest and thickest part of the cover.

The arrival of a cold front will cause crappie to bury in the cover, but you can still catch good size fish by slowing down your action and looking for the deepest part of a large brush pile. Look for small holes and openings in the cover and slowly drop a big minnow or crappie jig straight down into the cover. Most of the time a depth of eight to 12 feet deep will work. Slowly work the bait up and down and then let it just sit for a while. Watch your rod tip or bobber for a twitch or a slow pull down on the bobber. When you go to set the hook just kind of snap the rod up to set the hook and quickly try to get the fish out of the cover before it tangles in the brush.

Using a long rod will make this style of fishing much easier because you can reach out further with your bait to place it in the holes in the cover. It will also give you more hook setting power and more leverage to lift a crappie out of deeper cover.

This is a slow style of crappie fishing and not for the impatient fisherman, but for those who can wait 30 or more minutes for the bite the rewards can be big. The heaviest cover in a spot is usually taken by the biggest crappie. I have won several crappie tournaments using this pattern.

My e-mail address is gabbysfishingfever@yahoo.com

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