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Lake Athens Crappie #13474395 03/16/20 10:29 PM
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Finally got a break from teaching in Amarillo and got to come home the Athens for spring break. I put the tube on the lake this morning to see what wanted to play. The lake was a zoo! Seems they have some sort of bass tourney on Lake Fork and are using Lake Athens for "warm up." At least that is what a couple guys told me. So the parking lot was full of trucks and trailers with every corporate sponsor you could imagine. That stuff makes no sense to me but I digress.

So I launched the tube and made my way to some boat houses about 3/4 of a mile away. I went against the wind because I could drift and fish my way back. As always I tied on a jig and sort of just trolled my way along. I was hoping to get into some crappie and wasn't disappointed. Took the first fish trolling along and it was a pretty good fish.

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Sorry the photo isn't the best but it was sort of rainy and my phone has moisture on the lens. Since it was apparent that crappie were available I took off the jig and tied on a Bobby Garland baby shad in bluegrass and started to work the boat houses. I got into crappie pretty steadily but they weren't bunched up. I'd take 1 or 2 from each house and then move on. All total I took about 20 fish with all of them over the 10 inch minimum size. I got 2 fish that had some sort of oozing wounds on their sides and turned those fish loose. I did have one really good fish hit next to a piling on a boat house and it wrapped me up and broke off. Probably a bass. I use 4lb line so if a fish wraps it is nearly always gone.

I ended up keeping 7 fish for supper. Me and the wife like us some fried crappie.

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Re: Lake Athens Crappie [Re: Flags] #13474413 03/16/20 10:38 PM
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Cool. I may hit some of the big bluegill at Athens soon


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Re: Lake Athens Crappie [Re: Flags] #13474489 03/16/20 11:50 PM
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Nice slabs Flags. Good job Sir! thumb




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Re: Lake Athens Crappie [Re: Flags] #13474495 03/16/20 11:54 PM
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Nice post. Good to see you made it back to lake Athens for a little fun. Wednesday this week will be the day of the big bass tournament. thumb

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Great Post and Nice fish. It's good to see someone only take what they need instead of all they can catch. Excellent job Flags!! flehan

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Nice catch. The fish sores you saw were probably a pink fungus that crappie get here in East Texas. It's ugly but is normally just on the outside of the fish and seldom gets into the meat.


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Nicely done. cool


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Originally Posted by pop r
Nice post. Good to see you made it back to lake Athens for a little fun. Wednesday this week will be the day of the big bass tournament. thumb

so there a big bass tourney out there on Wed? ive never fished that lake but have a job going on a house remodel on the lake and planning to stay there and try some bank fishing Thursday night. any friendly advice can be sent to me. lol . im hoping to catch some crappie


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Nice post. Good to see you made it back to lake Athens for a little fun. Wednesday this week will be the day of the big bass tournament. thumb

so there a big bass tourney out there on Wed? ive never fished that lake but have a job going on a house remodel on the lake and planning to stay there and try some bank fishing Thursday night. any friendly advice can be sent to me. lol . im hoping to catch some crappie

Across from the boat ramp there is a bridge that the 2495 road goes over. The south side has kind of a sandbar a lot of people fish from. If I was bank fishing and wanted crappie that's where I would try. To tell the truth I have never fished it from the bank. I always use a float tube.


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Awesome! Keep the lines tight..


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