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    spider rig along the dam is what some folks do with good success , the fish up in buck creek moved to parts unknown
    i have seen some guys do ok in the open water along the dam ,the corp piles are beat to death and void of action in the winter from what i have heard .
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    sum kawl me tha outlaw ketchn whales
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    Ketchn,

    Its just a different lake in the winter it seems from every other lake I have winter fished. I do fish the dam and did really well down there in about 50' of water until the week before Christmas, I've hit it 3 times since then and its a ghost town. I don't think the brush piles get much pressure in the winter, the last 2 times I was on the lake were weekend days and beautiful but cold and I saw maybe 2 other boats on the lake and I was the only boat at the ramp the whole day it looked like. I did not see anyone fishing a brush pile but me, I had my pick of them. I just don't think the crappie stack up on them in the winter or at least at this point in the winter. I'm sure there is a stray here and there but no numbers of any kind. But with the literal thousands of fish I see in a morning in the Spring, Summer, or Fall out there, they have to all be somewhere, the question is where.... It kills me I can not figure that out. I have never had a lake where I lose them for 3 months but this lake is kicking my butt in the winter. My suspicion says they are up the creeks. There is a little bridge up buck creek on the North shore where buck creek road crosses the tiny part of the creek there, I fished under that bridge in a kayak one cold Jan day a few years back and it is like 3'-4' deep under that bridge and you only had about 2' of clearance above the water, I had to duck and hold my head on the bridge but I caught a limit in like 45 minutes under there. That is what leads me to believe they go way up the creeks right now but other than that, I can't prove it.

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    they were up in buck creek for sure and i know a few lakes that go darn near void of crappie in the winter because the fish migrate with the bait up the rivers and creeks .
    they might be in super shallow water right now , sometimes they go into 3 or 4 foot of water following the bait in the winter. maybe yak attack them up where you found them before ? they are creatures of habit for sure
    sum kawl me tha outlaw ketchn whales

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    Ketchn, I think you are right, I am sure there are some here and there but I bet most of them are up the creeks. I don't have my yak anymore, I sold it when I got my bass boat a few years back. I went with a guide a few years back in early March and we went way up the creek on the North West end of the lake and caught tons so my suspicion is they are either up the creeks or much closer to the mouths of the creeks. The ride up to the creek is covered in trees but I just need to make my way through the trees and get up there on a calm wind day and mark a trail so follow it on future trips. Thanks again and if I happen to stumble upon the masses, I will let you know. Good luck to you out there.
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