On Monday I hit Lake Palastine to do some scouting after the floods,we have been having. It was great being outside and soaking up the sun.
I don't like to fish by myself, so I texted my friend Clay to see if he wanted to come along.
First off, Clay wanted to fish some skinny water, where we caught some fish last year in 2 foot of water. We fished probably 40 yards bank, Clay caught one keeper female missed one, and I had a hit and miss.
After giving it 15 or 20 minutes we backed out to some deeper brush, in 12 to 14 foot of water. Caught two or three good females about a pound and 3/4 each, then we moved on.
After dropping Clay off at the boat ramp, so he could pick his kids up. I went out to check some stuff and do some more scouting. A lot of spots there just wasn't anybody home yet. I headed north and fished a flat with a brush pile out in the middle of it. To finish my limit, Again the fish were there just waiting there to move up to Spawn. During the spring, Crappie are territorial, and aggressive this is the reason for the hard bites, and they want to knock the Rod out of your hand.
This is my theory of what's going on on Palastine
Water temp is 54 to 62 with the main like 59 give or take some. A big part of what I'm going to discuss has to do with mature fish pound and a half and bigger. So you guys fishing Crappie fest and Crappie masters on lake Fork listen up. Crappie are just starting to move up. Anyone that knows me knows that I don't like to fish shallow 6 foot or less. Because shallow water fish are very unpredictable, shallow fish or affected by weather and fronts more often, than deeper water fish. And as a guide that works against me.
So as a guide I focus on deeper water in the spring, areas I call staging areas. Areas fish sit and wait to go up and Spawn or have spawned and have moved back out to deeper water. A lot of the times this method will produce bigger fish, mostly females.
Now that the water temperatures are good on Palastine. But it takes time for the fish to find that. Just because you find the area with 60° water but you don't get no bites doesn't mean it's a bad spot, they may have not found it yet. Give them time to find it. Give it two or three days and come back and check it again. The good Lord, mother nature whatever you want to call it as to tell them fish to start moving shallow, but not all fish Spawn shallow, but that's another story. For example I cruise by the big 155 bridge and it's loaded with fish. Them are Crappie that just haven't moved yet.
There are fish in the shallows now. I believe these are fish that stay shallow, and live shallow all year. That's why they are there already. Not all crappie go deep in the winter.
Remember, all the crappie don't Spawn at the same time, it comes in waves. That's not to say there's not a peak time for them.
With the moon bight and the nights staying in the 50s or above , you can bet the Crappie are on the move. Remember 2 or 3 days can make a big difference in a spot right now. And it's only going to get better!!
Fish caught on bonehead stump bugs Citrus color. If you haven't gave bonehead tackle a try your missing out. Fish caught in 10 to 14 on brush piles.
If you're looking to get on some spring time Crappie fishing, Or just want to learn how to fish the Spawn, feel free to give me a call.
Take a kid fishing and God bless!!!
Mark at Three Nails Guide
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