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  1. #1
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    Rustburg, VA
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    Default Newbie needs help!

    Ok. So I bought a fishing kayak and have it set up with a Garmin Striker fish finder. I’m fishing a man made lake. Here’s the deal. I can catch crappie all spring long around a rip-rap bank near the lake’s dam. It’s about 7 feet deep. About 30 feet away from the bank is the main overflow tube of the lake. It’s in about 10 feet of water. The lake is wide open and doesn’t seem to have much in the way of structure. The lake is about 40 acres. Half of the lake is 5 feet deep (weedy flats). Not much in the way of structure other than several downed trees (all in 5 feet of water).

    The other half of the lake is shaped like a bowl. It starts at 5 feet deep and goes all the way down to 20 feet deep. I’ve been all up and down the deep end with my fish finder using both 77 and 200hrtz. There’s not much for structure other than possibly the drop off from 5 feet to 20 feet. It’s at almost a true 45 degree angle. There is also a creek channel which feeds the deeper end of the lake, but again no visible structure. The creek channel is about 100 feet long and about 6 feet deep in the middle and about 1 foot deep on the sides. It’s maybe 75 feet wide.

    I can’t seem to locate summertime crappie on this lake. Any tips would be helpful. Other than the downed trees in 5 feet of water and the overflow tube, and the changes in the depth via the 45 degree slope… the lake is pretty much featureless. There are no docks either.
    Last edited by McJiggs; 06-02-2022 at 09:42 AM.

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    May be hard to fish but I'd work the bottom in the weedy flats. Focus on areas near any deeper water.

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    Virginia Beach, VA
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    I don't see where you mention what type jigs you are throwing or are you using minnow?

    2010 NWR Bash Crappie Division Champion

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