Took some time off to take little man to the woods but back in the saddle again. Hit Palestine, Pines, and Fork all in the last week. Fish bit great at all three. I'm fishing submerged main lake timber in 22-50' of water depending on the lake. Fork fish were deeper than the rest catching several over 30' down. Pines fish were sitting near the bottom and hard to pick up sometimes. It's also hard to tell size when they're sitting on the bottom IMO. As for trees full of crappie, if you don't want to catch small black crappie you better leave them alone! Had Don and Rick on Palestine and they beat up 50 slabs pretty quick. I like that you can throw the small ones back on Palestine. I met Mike at Pines in his boat to fish a couple days ago. Mike and I have been friends for 20 years or more and I go to Arkansas to duck hunt with him. I ran his boat in that crazy fog we had last week. Got to one area and never left till there were 50 in the livewell. I haven't got to fish with dad in a while so we ran to Fork yesterday after school drop off and fished 3 areas and caught fish on all of them. I've been using 1/8oz hand ties in Bad Shad with a pink head and grey/blue on Palestine and Pines and the same colors in 1/4oz on Fork with 1/8oz egg sinker above the jig a foot or so on 11' Jenko Rods. Haven't used any minnows lately but I'm sure they wouldn't hurt! We had some 2 pound plus fish every trip and size should only continue to get better!
I had a change of plans this weekend so looks like I have Sunday the 9th open. Looks like I could do a morning trip then and I have the 23rd open and a couple week days late in the month. February is starting to fill up as well. While fish scatter some in Feb, the decline in numbers is usually made up for in quality. At least that's my findings! March and May are nearly filled as well. If you want to get in on a trip in those months I would get with me ASAP!
Hope ya'll have a great New Year! Thanks to all the folks that fished with me last year! Looking forward to 2022!