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Debestuss
05-20-2009, 07:04 PM
Hey Yall,
I'm a transplant to Washington, namely Ft. Lewis. I've done Crappie fishing in the South but I used minnows and I understand you can't use minnows up here. I've never done alot of jig/slip bobber fishing, I like spinners and rooster tails. Now that's how I did it down south. How do you guys do it up here?

FroggerZack
05-20-2009, 07:36 PM
No Minners? Get a rope!:eek:

whitebassbum
05-20-2009, 09:49 PM
I have lived hear for 8 years and have only spoke with one person that fishes for Crappie. I think he lives near Lake Stevens. I hear they are small. I live in Whatcom County and the nearest Crappie lake is 75 miles away. good luck Jerry

Arkie John
05-21-2009, 12:23 AM
Welcome to the forum~~~

Hope someone can chime in and get you goin' up there.

aj

Debestuss
05-21-2009, 12:31 AM
LOL. Wow. I've read that Crappie don't get fished much up here but didn't put alot into it until now. That just gives me hope that I'll be raking 'em in. Well, I'm gonna start with a beetle spin close to the edges and shoot for whatever is biting. Then I'll ease out to whatever structure I can find or ledges with a jig/ slip bobber. I'll use a rooster tail out in the open water and let it swim and drop. If anybody has any good advice, chime in!:)

Corker
05-21-2009, 03:41 AM
If you can't buy or seine real ones, try some Gulp minnows (http://www.berkley-fishing.com/prod.php?k=96391&sk=95677&u=GMI2). I've caught a few crappies with them & others claim they work great in certain lakes.

whitebassbum
05-21-2009, 09:43 AM
Try washingtonlakes.com. The Columbia River has Crappie. WDFW may be willing to share some info. Get on their website and find the local office or just call Olympia. Also read and re-read the Regulations, the rules can change from day to day in SALT WATER, not too sure about Fresh Water good luck Jerry

SlabKing
05-21-2009, 10:21 AM
I like to use jigs (1/80, 1/16, 1/32) under a float, tightlining with jigs over structure, trolling crankbaits, or tossing small spinnerbaits. Depends were you're fishing but sometimes you will have to tip your jig with bait to get hits (Berkley Maggots work good). On lakes with a large population of crappies you don't need to use any bait at all. they will hit 2-3" crankbaits, spinners, slider grubs, whatever you want to use. The key is find a lake with a fishable population. You'll have the place to your self for the most part. The spawn is kicking into high gear right now. Any lake that has crappies should have a hot bite going. I'm right up the road from ya Debestuss. Got an open seat for some crappie fishing next weekend if you're up for it.


We do have some decent slabs up here:

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i183/slabking/3lkwa-5-26-08.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i183/slabking/4lkwa-5-26-08.jpg
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http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i183/slabking/4cf0917a.jpg

Nice bass as well:

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i183/slabking/UnionSmallie4-29-06.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i183/slabking/S5000732.jpg
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The Sunfish are so-so. We get 1 to 2 pounders every now and then (mostly in Eastern Wa). Most of the Sunfish will be on the smaller side though:

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i183/slabking/S5000364.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i183/slabking/S5000367.jpg

Jubs
05-21-2009, 12:53 PM
Nice looking fish, SlabKing! I am new to the site and I live in the Ellensberg area. I am trying to find a good lake to fish as well. I think I am going to have to hit up Moses Lake and see if I can get access to a good hole.

I caught my first crappie the other day in a local lake that I had and apparently none of the regulars knew held crappie. I was messing around with the sunfish that were on the shoreline in schools in the hundreds. I started tying my own jigs and figured I would give them a shot and I did really well with the jigs caught at least 100 sunfish a crappie and even a trout on my jigs.

I think I am going to plan a trip to Silver Lake this summer for some fishing I am originally from that area but have never fished the lake. Anyways, good to see there are a few of us from Washington not just going after Salmon and Steelhead even though they are fun as well but anymore it's more of a combat sport and I don't have the temperament for rude people that have no fishing etiquette.

Fatman
05-21-2009, 02:10 PM
Not from there but a really good fishing writer by the name of
Stan Fagerstrom is. He wrote a book called catch more crappie and it's still a good one, try and find a copy and it will give you some tips on where you could go.

Fatman

DaveCourington
05-21-2009, 03:30 PM
Slabking, those are some beautiful Crappie!!! Way to go. I love that coloration on them. The ones we get down here in Florida are a bit more washed out than that. It also is really nice of you to offer that seat up to a new guy on here.

SlabKing
05-21-2009, 04:01 PM
Nice looking fish, SlabKing! I am new to the site and I live in the Ellensberg area. I am trying to find a good lake to fish as well. I think I am going to have to hit up Moses Lake and see if I can get access to a good hole.


Send me a PM before you head to Moses and maybe I can meet you out there. At the least I can give you some good areas to check out. Been fishing that area since before I could walk. There are some really great holes out there in Moses, Potholes, Soda Lake, Upper Goose, Frenchmens, Crab Creek, etc. Here's a pic of the one of the best night time holes during the summer. You can catch channel cats, crappie, walleye, bluegills, trout, and perch out of this hole all night long in July, August, and Sept.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i183/slabking/Spillway.jpg



Slabking, those are some beautiful Crappie!!! Way to go. I love that coloration on them. The ones we get down here in Florida are a bit more washed out than that. It also is really nice of you to offer that seat up to a new guy on here.

Thanks Dave. That offer stands for everyone on the board if they ever make it up North.

Debestuss
05-22-2009, 12:22 AM
Slabking, I'm heading home this Saturday night and I'll be gone for two weeks. After that I'm open on weekends and most afternoons. If the offer will stand, I'll take you up on it. And I appreciate the hospitality.
Thanks,
Wallace

SlabKing
05-22-2009, 10:12 AM
Slabking, I'm heading home this Saturday night and I'll be gone for two weeks. After that I'm open on weekends and most afternoons. If the offer will stand, I'll take you up on it. And I appreciate the hospitality.
Thanks,
Wallace


No problem Debestuss. The offer stands for sure. Also, good lakes to check out that are somewhat near you are Kapowsin, St. Clair, Long, Riffe, Tanwax, and Ohop. Ohop and Kapowsin can be great from the bank while the others require a boat to reach to best areas.

fish_4_all
05-23-2009, 12:22 AM
Mayfield, Lake Washington, Lake Union, Silver Lake, (both of them), and a couple others you can find on the maps. Lots of little ones off the sides of these lakes that will hold slabs sometimes. Over in my neck of the woods Duck Lake is the best. Always nice to fish there because if the fish are not biting the ocean is within walking distance.

East Side, pick a lake and fish it! Lived over there for a few years growing up and every lake we went to had crappie and gills along with most everything else. But I doubt I will ever find a lake/reservoir I liked better than O'Sullivan/Mardon. Never caught more fish.
Fish grow up hard and cold here, colors are brighter and meat is harder and I will eat all of them.

Might have to take you up on that myself someday Slabking.

Jubs
05-23-2009, 02:34 AM
Any of you guys heading east to Moses Lake, Potholes, etc. let me know I am learning the area but I live within a hour or so from them so if you want to hit up some of those places I will more than likely be able to meet up with you.

Not my post but thanks everyone for the great info on where to go and other info!