Hello all. I recently move to Kingwood from New Orleans. Here is my brief fishing history. I grew up bass fishing in Tennessee. I spent about 7 years in Mississippi, where I bass, catfish, and crappie fished ponds and streams. In New Orleans I fished speckled trout mostly, but I really didn't do too much fishing the past 10 year when I lived there. I have two very small children who love fishing with me. We bring one pole for the three of us to share because I can't keep up with baiting and untangling multiple lines while making sure nobody hooks themselves.
Now onto my issue. I have been taking the kids crappie fishing. We are using small j hooks with a bobber and pellet weight. Our bait is worms. I drop the bait as far down from the bobber as I am comfortable casting, maybe two & 1/2 feet. We have fished rivergrove park, the pond at Eisenhower park, the ponds in Fosters Mill entrace, and East End Park, all from the bank. We have had varying success. The worst being the Fosters Mill ponds. The best being East End Park.
When we have good days, we can pull in a Crappie about every three cast, while constantly getting nibbles. But our catches are all so small. I have only caught one legal to keep crappie.
My questions are:
1) Is it safe to eat fish from Lake Houston? I know the San Jacinto is a Superfund Site downstream by I-10. Does that effect our water?
2) What could I be doing differently to get large enough crappie for a little family fish fry?