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#11176849 - 10/21/15 12:26 PM October Crappie on Lake Waco
mcrc6641 Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 7
Hey guys, Wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions or tips for Crappie fishing Lake Waco in October. I noticed that there are several condos that have been placed out by TP&W in the past but wanted to see if anyone has had any luck on this lake. This will be my first time to fish the lake and I think it is going to be raining as well, O well we sure need the rain. Any information would be helpful and greatly appreciated.
I will be more than happy to put up results and information on how things turned out as well.


Edited by mcrc6641 (10/21/15 12:30 PM)

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#11177212 - 10/21/15 03:03 PM Re: October Crappie on Lake Waco [Re: mcrc6641]
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I don't fish Waco as often as I would like but understand that starting around the first of October, the crappie fishing gets slow through the winter in the typical spots. You may want to try some deeper piles by the dam or the mouths of the creeks. As for the TPWD condos, they tend to hold the smaller fish. If you have decent electronics, It is pretty easy to find brush in that lake. Good luck to you.
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#11177220 - 10/21/15 03:06 PM Re: October Crappie on Lake Waco [Re: mcrc6641]
Ken Gaby Offline
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Look for brush piles in 12-20 FOW. There's plenty of them out there. Also, the twin bridges on the South Bosque arm are good places to look. Shad colored baits have been working well for me. Good luck.
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#11177226 - 10/21/15 03:08 PM Re: October Crappie on Lake Waco [Re: mcrc6641]
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I agree with Ken. Brush piles.

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#11178660 - 10/22/15 08:57 AM Re: October Crappie on Lake Waco [Re: mcrc6641]
mcrc6641 Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
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Thank you for the information guys I will report back results. Your info is very helpful and greatly appreciated. Gonna be a wet weekend but still fun times with family.

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#11178738 - 10/22/15 09:26 AM Re: October Crappie on Lake Waco [Re: mcrc6641]
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The lake is turning over the fish are scattered and not biting . Soon the schools of shad will start to group in small groups , then bigger groups with crappie ghosting along with them. Eventually some schools become huge and go hang out in deep water near the old dam, and some go up in the rivers. The ones at the old dam are hard to catch because they are with large schools of shad all winter and can feast at will, timing is everything. Up the rivers u have a better shot because the schools of shad move alot, but still, timing the bite is key.
When you start seeing alot of small fish on the piles, as it has been, the party is over for brushpiles. when u get green filmy slime on your boat and the water looks funky green, and the water in your faucets taste bad u know the lake is turning over.
As for the immediate future what I would do is start checking the mouths of the major river channels, with sonar looking for big schools of crappie staging to go chase shad schools. put out plenty rods, use minnows or natural colored jigs, get you a snickers and try to catch them bitin.. thats all folks..


Edited by leanin post (10/22/15 09:38 AM)
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#11178741 - 10/22/15 09:28 AM Re: October Crappie on Lake Waco [Re: mcrc6641]
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on a positive note though, someone put a FOREST of willow on the hwy 6 bridge pilings and post spawn bridge fishing should be the cats meow...
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#11178771 - 10/22/15 09:37 AM Re: October Crappie on Lake Waco [Re: leanin post]
Ken Gaby Offline
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Originally Posted By: leanin post
The lake is turning over the fish are scattered and not biting . Soon the schools of shad will start to group in small groups , then bigger groups with crappie ghosting along with them.


I was on Waco Oct 14th, caught about 40 from 7:30 to 10am, kept 21, biggest was 1.53; top 7 went 9.26.
There was a tremendous amount of shad in 12-25 FOW on the lower half of the lake.
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#11178780 - 10/22/15 09:40 AM Re: October Crappie on Lake Waco [Re: Ken Gaby]
leanin post Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ken Gaby
Originally Posted By: leanin post
The lake is turning over the fish are scattered and not biting . Soon the schools of shad will start to group in small groups , then bigger groups with crappie ghosting along with them.


I was on Waco Oct 14th, caught about 40 from 7:30 to 10am, kept 21, biggest was 1.53; top 7 went 9.26.
There was a tremendous amount of shad in 12-25 FOW on the lower half of the lake.


have you been since radar?
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#11178786 - 10/22/15 09:41 AM Re: October Crappie on Lake Waco [Re: mcrc6641]
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its been 7 days since you were there, you have to know that things can change aot in even 2 days???
I was there monday of THIS week. So I have the latest report so far..


Edited by leanin post (10/22/15 09:46 AM)
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#11178909 - 10/22/15 10:40 AM Re: October Crappie on Lake Waco [Re: mcrc6641]
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Really good to know. I will be camping at speegleville the 28th.

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#11179225 - 10/22/15 01:20 PM Re: October Crappie on Lake Waco [Re: mcrc6641]
tomasc Offline
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Registered: 05/12/09
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Loc: Lake Waco
Waco is hit and miss right now, the few we are catching are either really good or really small. I haven't came across any big numbers only taking 10-15 fish per outing.

Welcome to the forum, lots of good folks here.
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#11179240 - 10/22/15 01:30 PM Re: October Crappie on Lake Waco [Re: mcrc6641]
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Yes, welcome to the board!!

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#11179255 - 10/22/15 01:41 PM Re: October Crappie on Lake Waco [Re: mcrc6641]
mcrc6641 Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 7
Thank you. Yes there seams to be a lot of very knowledgeable people willing to help each other. Great Forum.
Will be very interesting to see how it goes this weekend with rain, Never having been on this lake and to top it off have not been fishing for crappie in.......dang almost 20 years. I know I need to get out more. Gonna be a great time even if we don't catch a thing.

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