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 Post subject: East fork or the bayou
PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:59 am 
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Not a huge crappie guy i usually run juggs on the lake and use the rods and reels in salt water but i recently had a little success with some crappie on an afternoon trip in the bayou, it was a blast on ultra lite gear. I have a 18ft boat and cant seem to master making the thing sit still to really fish up close to the brush piles when i found em. But im still gonna invest in a 2nd depth finder for the trolling motor. But i guess my main question is would i be better off sticking to the bayou or the east fork. I dont spend enough time on the lake to really find brush piles im mostly working structure i can see docks bridges stumps etc. From what i understand the crappie are about to hugging tight to the bank in shallows what sort of structure should i be looking for during this time of year or is pretty much trolling the bank. I dont post here much but im always lurking!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:51 am 
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they both east fork and the bayou both hold A good amount of crappie this time of
the year as well as the main lake creeks the crappie are trying to spawn so they are
moving to the shallow water along the banks and shallow flats . the smaller males
are on the bank already making nests once they get the nests made they will go out
and drive the females into lay eggs in the nest. once the female drops her eggs she will
leave the nest and the male will take care of the young.
right now the bigger females are in a little deeper water waiting on the males . But some
big females have already moved shallow to the nest. They do not all go into lay their
eggs at the same day. they move into the nests in waves . over a few months time.
this will go on through may.
if as you say structure orientated then you are doing the right thing the crappie will hold to
any structure as Bass do Points bridge pylons creek bends humps ledges flats weed beds .
right now you can find them in six inches to 4 feet of water around shoreline brush. But the bigger
females are out along the creek channel drops on brush in 7 to 11 feet.
at times when these fronts come through the crappie will back off and just suspend over the
deeper water and not be related to the brush , That is when drift fishing for them works best.
you will see the fish on your depth finder at these times easy.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:51 pm 
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Sticko is correct. We saw a lot of suspended fish in 11 to 15 feet of water, but none of them, except a few, were hungry. You couldn’t hardly tell they were on your jig. It’s even harder for me, if we’re moving with the currant or the troll motor. I’m used to fishing out of my kayak where I’m right on top of them.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:05 pm 
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Thanks guys im gonna take my 5 year old out tomorrow im gonna stick with the bayou and hope to get lucky lol

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Good luck preston. Hope you have a good days fishing. My fishing buddy, gettin jiggy, took his four year old out today too. Have fun. Take pictures. Yacknewby

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:54 am 
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Good luck preston!!

We found a couple but I wasn't fishing hard for them, mostly letting my son get casting and reeling all figured out. He caught a handful of small males close to the bank on a 1/32 oz roadrunner with a blue and white tube body (wouldn't have been my first choice of colors, but I let him pick, so there you have it) and I caught three good ones on orange and gold in brush in 7'.


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The boy knows his colors the blue and white gets hot about this time each year along
with red and white. Patriotic fish i tell you USA all the way.


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Maybe only because I watched Bloodsport last night, but I feel like this is applicable.

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Yah! USA, USA!

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we had a blast we caught four crappie and one of SK's ditch pickles. he caught the biggest crappie on his cane pole with a minnow fishing structure. he had a blast and so did dad! we caught the crappie in all different depths guess the cold front might of had them messed up! i cant wait to hit them again.

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Way to go Preston! Sounds like some good memories made right there! He'll remember them for a lifetime!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:40 am 
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sounds like a good trip for pop and son


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preston1489 wrote:
we had a blast we caught four crappie and one of SK's ditch pickles


Hopefully you released that ditch pickle in Lake Crisco....

Excellent catchn.... sure is fun....

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:34 am 
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Memories were defininitely made that was his first trip with out mom lol and sk we fried him up you aint gotta worry about that one hitting your jig!

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