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Bay Springs crappie report 3/17 & 3/18

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By philmacMS - Posted on 19 March 2012

Fished bay springs with the wife and kids this weekend. Caught 23 keepers Saturday with 3 kids in the boat. 2 of mine and 1 of a friends. Fished Sunday morning alone and got a limit of keepers. Fish are running small this year at bay springs. We put back a ton of small fish but did end up with some nice ones. I've been playing with spider trolling and that's how we caught all the fish. Fish are scattered in shallow water in the backs of coves. Fish were very depth specific. Woody cover improved catch but we caught just as many fish at the right depth on a smooth bottom.

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I've been over there the last three afternoons and have caught very few fishing shallow casting grubs. I think the water falling has moved them back out. The next time I go I'll try brush piles around 15 ft. water. I know you fish over there a lot. Any advice would be helpful. I'm new to crappie fishingi.

philmacMS's picture

Some friends of ours tried casting jigs to shallow water with limited success too. I've had better luck spider trolling really slow. Fish don't seem interested in chasing a jig.

Helping control the crappiei population one trip at a time.

Shayne Anderson's picture

what depth were most of the fish holding?

philmacMS's picture

Fish were shallow that weekend around 8 feet. Got a report today that alot of fish are back out in deeper water on wood cover. I would guess 17 to 19 but didn't get a report on the depth.

Helping control the crappiei population one trip at a time.

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Angling for Crappie is popular throughout much of North America. Methods vary, but among the most popular is called 'Spider Rigging', a method characterized by a fisherman in a boat with many long fishing rods pointing away from the angler at various angles like spokes from a wheel. Anglers who employ the Spider Rigging method may choose from among many popular baits. Some of the most popular are plastic jigs with lead jig heads, crankbaits or live minnows. Many anglers also chum or dump live bait into the water to attract the fish hoping the fish will bite their bait. Crappie are also regularly targeted and caught during the spawning period by fly fishermen, and can be taken from frozen ponds and lakes in winter by ice fishing.

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