The first part of April has seen its fair share of bad weather for fishermen to deal with. With several cold fronts, coupled with low water, it has made fishing tough for many anglers. We have had several warm days as of late which have brought fish of many species to shallow water.
Crappie anglers are using several techniques to catch fish from spider rigging, long lining, and even casting a cork and minnow. Several crappie have spawned, but there are still several that haven’t. This week we have seen fish caught anywhere from 2 feet of water to 8 feet of water. Most of the deeper fish were right on structure, either stumps or man-made brush piles.
Popular colors have been orange/chartreuse, pink/chartreuse, and red/chartreuse. The bass fishing has also picked up. Many anglers are reporting catching fish in the backs of creeks as the higher water has made some wood available to bedding fish. Most are being caught on spinnerbait, squarebill, crankbaits, and Texas rigged lizards or worms.
With May fast approaching, the pound-for-pound champion of the lake bluegill/redear will soon be on the bed. I always look forward to the full moon the first part of May. Wax worms or crickets are many anglers’ weapons of choice. There are also several who resort to artificial baits such as very small black/chartreuse crappie jigs or bluegill bugs.