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05-03-2019, 05:29 AM
Those that follow my posts know I frequent several water bodies in my area. I typically don't let weather or water conditions dictate when I should go or if I should go .
So this in turn creates scenarios in many cases that I consider to be less than favorable for the pursuit of crappie.
This leads to this post and how knowledge of what they might do when and where often makes for a pleasant outing .I rolled up to a muddy high water scenario this week and also know these particular fish are trying to wind down on the spawn. Sure some have eggs and some small males are still shallow but the big fish and herds of them are fading into the sunset .
Now here we go , I think to myself what would SK do ?Ö..:Rofl
All kidding aside we think in similar fashion on several subjects involving the pursuit of crappie and one of the things he brought to my attention as we chatted a few years ago was how high in the water column a crappie might be in muddy water.
So I employed a presentation that most wouldn't consider and presented my bait at 3 to 4 foot down in 14 to 16 foot of water . Sure enough they tried to knock the paint off it I swear . And even if I went into half the depth of water that's still the depth to present the jig .
I didn't manage any real large ones but I got my line broke multiple times and assume I let the big ones get away ? One thing for certain I managed a real high number of fish in a fairly short 1.5 hours of jig dipping . I will include a thumb photo I took at work after I quit on them to further reinforce this fish story :crazy:
I only used 2 colors and it didn't seem to make much difference on the bite when I changed colors . 7:30 am to 9:00 am and it was overcast with on and off slight drizzle .
have a nice weekend and stay tuned

05-03-2019, 05:40 AM
Anytime you have the battle scars on your thumb proves you've had a great day. Love the pics and stories!!! Now take it easy with that pen in your hand, rest up for next war.....:Rofl

05-03-2019, 05:48 AM
Nice post, did you use a cork for your 3-4í presentation?

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05-03-2019, 05:55 AM
I did cork a little in the shallow water ,but the fish were all small 8 to 9 inch range male fish and a green sunfish and a big catfish that broke my line on the bank . 95% of the fish that trip were vertically jigged in deeper water .

05-03-2019, 06:11 AM
Great post as usual. Interesting that you found them so high in the water column. Taking notes. :)

SKs Crappie Catching Adventures
05-03-2019, 10:08 AM
Nice catchn Ketch'um .......

I'm waiting on these storms to pass down here so I can go wack aahh few.....

05-04-2019, 06:32 AM
Great post as usual. Interesting that you found them so high in the water column. Taking notes. :)

the othesr on the dock after crappie watched me a while before they followed suit . the one old boy insisted they were on the bottom 1 crank up until about my 4th in 4 drops …..:Rofl

05-04-2019, 06:35 AM
Great point! That's why I always fish the entire water column, top to bottom. "One method Petes" don't last long in this game! :)

05-04-2019, 06:41 AM
Great point! That's why I always fish the entire water column, top to bottom. "One method Petes" don't last long in this game! :)

no doubt my friend and this is the one reason I rarely cant ketch a few crappie . they are pretty easy if you can get a bait in front of them .its that getting it in front of them that's difficult most of the time .
I do enjoy the no electronics and foot work quite a bit . I find it far less of a challenge to use a boat and a graph to chase them but at the same time I enjoy that method of attack if the opportunity rears its head .
and to be sure its a never say never game with these fish .

05-04-2019, 07:26 AM
I like it when they leave me with a rough thumb! Good job!

LOL, that water looks standard for us around here... we donít call it muddy until itís might near solid!

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franklin fisher
05-04-2019, 07:28 AM
Good information there. Nice catch also.

05-04-2019, 08:06 AM
Way to go,nice catch!

05-05-2019, 06:37 AM
Yes Sir, That thumb says a lot. I am fairly new to Crappie fishing, only been fishing for them for about 4 years. been studying about them a long time. Everything I've read and watched suggests Muddy water warms first, Darker bottomed water heats up first, so it baffels me why so many don't catch onto this sooner and want to argue the fish aren't their. Great Read Ketchen'.

Special K
05-07-2019, 08:31 PM
Another awesome fishing adventure as is clear by the "Fisherman's Thumb Syndrome" and I totally agree with crappie's tendency to rise in the water column post spawn.