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    I hadn't fished one of the local lakes in a few months, so I tried it again on Saturday. Got a late start (8:30 a.m.), but the fish weren't going anywhere. In paddling across a main arm of the lake, I noticed most of the fish on the depthfinder were holding less than 10 feet of water. I set my lines to run crankbaits the same depth I'd been catching on another lake, at 10 feet or below, then paddled a mile without a single strike. There was a boat running down the channel, so I slowed down, which caused my crankbaits to run shallower. Immediately, I caught a crappie on one line and missed another on the second line, which told me I was either running too fast or the lures were too deep. I shortened my lines, slowed down, and started getting bit regularly. I ended up catching 39 crappie, 3 bream, and a few junior bass. I also probably missed around 15 strikes. They wanted the shad color when the sun was out and flashy purple/pink when there was cloud cover. None of the crappie were over 11 inches, so I didn't even break out the bump board. Being forced to pay attention and believe what my electronics were showing me helped me adapt and start catching.

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    Way to figure them out and adapt and catch. Good pics.
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    Crappie strike up so shallower above them would be the way to go. Sure turned out to be a good day. Reading about your paddling wore me out though.
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    Beautiful crappie pictures, thanks for the story and catching technics.
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    Where is the thermocline at right now? Crappie are going to sit on that line and look up. Haven't been on the water in over a month and with the hot weather we have had, the thermocline is probably around 10'-12'.
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    Very nice
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    I'm glad that you found some hungry ones and figured out what you had to do to catch them. Thank you for sharing your trip and pictures with us

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    Very nice. Enjoyed the pics.
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    Nice! Same pattern on Harris fish seem to be at 12ft but want the crankbait at about 7ft, no hits on cranks running 12ft, kinda strange.
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    Hit the same lake again yesterday and found the thermocline deeper, but still fairly shallow. Started shallow with smaller crankbaits, but couldn't keep the small bream off it. Switched to a #5 Glass Shad Rap ( I accidentally left my deeper cranks at home) and caught an 11" white bass immediately, then a 13 inch largemouth off the same point. Moved out towards the main lake channel, dropped the crank back to 135-150 feet and boated the first crappie within 5 minutes. From then on I concentrated on the main channel, the deepest basin, and avoided the shallows. Ended the day @13:30 with 32 crappie (none over 11"), 10 bream, 3 largemouth, and 1 white bass. I gave 13 crappie to a family that was fishing for their supper and only had one hand size bream on the stringer. Around 12:30 the breeze slowed and green cotton ball looking algae was breaking loose, floating, and made pulling cranks impossible.

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