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  1. Fun cold day crappie fishing

    We did catch some as shallow as 15 fow, but most were 30-40 fow. Caught some right off the bottom in the deep water all the way up to 15 ft down. Yes I feel like side imaging is the cat's meow. The later in the afternoon we started seeing fish come out of the brush and suspend above it presumably feeding. That was also when the bite was the best (go figure). Some of the schools we got over would have 40+ fish in them and only a few would bite mid day. Not sure if it was our presentation or they just weren't hungry. Any other questions, just ask. If anyone has any advice I'm all ears. Winter crappie at Stockton is far different than what I'm used to.
  2. We had the lake to ourselves today. As I said in other posts I'm trying to learn this lake and it is tough. We fished from 11-5 and caught most in the last couple hours. Put in at mutton creek. Caught a lot of small ones but when you caught a keeper it was a nice one. Only had a couple under 11 inches. 9 fish is all that would fit in a Ziploc bag packed full. Much better than pomme where a lot of the time 15 fish fit in a bag. Ice in the rod eyes was a major problem today but the water temp was still 40 degrees and no ice at the ramp. Best bite seemed to be with some movement, cast and retrieve, drop to the bottom and reel up, slow troll, etc. Had a few hit it on the fall. Caught suspended fish, fish in brush, and fish on ledges. Covered a lot of water with side imaging and its very true 90%of the fish is in 10% of the water right now. I have a love hate relationship with this lake. Love the challenge and the beauty of the lake. Hate getting my butt kicked by the fish. Best bite was chartreuse, white was good, blue/ pink was good. Also caught 1 white bass that was as big as I've seen for a few years but turned it loose. Had a couple big mystery fish on today and lost em before we got to see what they were. Had a great day fishing with my dad. Been too long since we fish against each other spring - fall.
  3. Frozen?

    We went to mutton today and no ice at the ramp. Water temp still 40 degrees. only ice we saw was shallow backwater and the ice on our rod eyes! Good luck!
  4. Fun cold day crappie fishing

    We had the lake to ourselves today. As I said in other posts I'm trying to learn this lake and it is tough. We fished from 11-5 and caught most in the last couple hours. Put in at mutton creek. Caught a lot of small ones but when you caught a keeper it was a nice one. Only had a couple under 11 inches. 9 fish is all that would fit in a Ziploc bag packed full. Much better than pomme where a lot of the time 15 fish fit in a bag. Ice in the rod eyes was a major problem today but the water temp was still 40 degrees and no ice at the ramp. Best bite seemed to be with some movement, cast and retrieve, drop to the bottom and reel up, slow troll, etc. Had a few hit it on the fall. Caught suspended fish, fish in brush, and fish on ledges. Covered a lot of water with side imaging and its very true 90%of the fish is in 10% of the water right now. I have a love hate relationship with this lake. Love the challenge and the beauty of the lake. Hate getting my butt kicked by the fish. Best bite was chartreuse, white was good, blue/ pink was good. Also caught 1 white bass that was as big as I've seen for a few years but turned it loose. Had a couple big mystery fish on today and lost em before we got to see what they were. Had a great day fishing with my dad. Been too long since we fish against each other spring - fall. This post has been promoted to an article
  5. what ramps are open right now due to the low water? I know Ruark and Cedar ridge, but I am just starting to learn this lake. I've grown up on Pomme and Truman and Stockton is a different beast for sure. Lot less timber, deeper water, a lot more wind, and crappie fishing seems harder to get figured out. On Pomme (the lake I fish most) there may only be a couple days out of the year I go and don't catch my limit. I fished Stockton a few times over the summer between tournaments and had 3 or 4 awesome trips then like a light switch flipped the fish were just gone! Now that tournament season is done for a while I figured I could spend this winter learning this beautiful lake a little better even though they are still on fire on Pomme right now. I see a lot of reports right now of people fishing brush in the 40 ft range, but when I went to cedar ridge friday after work for a couple hours I couldn't find any conservation piles that deep close to the ramp. Only had a couple hours to fish and it was cold! Ended up with 4 keepers and a 17" bass caught around 15 crappie total. They were slow. Each pile I fished on a ledge had a fish or two on it, but no schools to speak of. I think if I had all day I could have caught a limit maybe but with a partner we wouldn't have been able to get 30. I tried fishing a couple piles on more of a flat and there wasn't anything on those at all. Any advice (not looking for specific spots) would be great, but knowing what ramps are open when the lake is down is my biggest question. Also, any of the ramps not very steep on Stockton still open? My brother wants to drag his boat to Stockton as well, but he doesn't put in at steep ramps....big heavy boat with a little toy truck. TIA
  6. crappie

    weekend before last we caught two limits in 2 or 3 hours fishing timber with minnows. 16 ft down in 16-26 fow. last weekend they just weren't there. only had 8 in the boat from 8 am to 2 pm. hit two brush piles one in 25 fow the other in 15 fow. finished up our limits there in short order. fished with jigs. size is still a problem for sure. a lot more dinks than keepers only had one over a lb each day.
  7. CRAPPIE BITE ??

    good luck bassfisher! let us know how it goes. deer hunting has had me too busy to fish even though i just got my new boat. had a big buck at 10 yards bust me last weekend coming to full draw. need to get some venison in the freezer and get back on the fall crappie before they get on their winter patterns.
  8. CRAPPIE BITE ??

    It has slowed considerably for us. We fished the crappie slayers tournament last saturday and only ended up with 21 keepers. the tournament before we had easily caught 4-5 limits in the same amount of time. Size has been good though. Our best 7 saturday was 7.42 lbs and the month before 7.27. With that said, the big ones aren't everywhere, we've only found them in a few spots from one side of the lake to the other. The best bite has been 15-20 fow 10-13 ft down in timber and brush. can't give up my spots though lol
  9. Results - Crappie Slayers 09/09/17

    He actually did this time!
  10. Results - Crappie Slayers 09/09/17

    lol been waiting for this so I can print it and put it up on the wall at the shop for Kenny to stare at every day how are the yearly point standings? want to know if dad and kenny are still ahead of us or not.
  11. crappie

    Glad to hear it's looking up for someone. We have went the last couple weeks and it's been more of the same. Boat full of dinks, 10-12 keepers, and only 1 nice one. We've fished every part of the lake we caught big ones last year and they just aren't there. We've fished a lot of new areas and they just aren't there lol. To say we are lost is an understatement. Where we were catching big ones this spring I really thought they should be close by but they just aren't there. The bluegill fishing has been good in brush though. Sad to say a couple weeks ago we brought home more bluegill than crappie.
  12. man this forum is dead!

    There are lots of logs there if you're talking about negro bend. Both sides of the channel have standing timber so it's best to stay closer to the shallow point. Sorry about the boat I'd cry!
  13. man this forum is dead!

    the gills were on minnows and jigs with 1/0 hooks lol. We were crappie fishing they just wouldn't leave us alone. Brush piles 10-13 ft deep were the best for gills
  14. man this forum is dead!

    We fished yesterday more of the same on crappie bit a few less dinks and a few more keepers. Still no size though. The bluegill fishing was on fire though. Couldn't make em leave us alone. Most were pretty decent eating size but we weren't keeping anything. Good luck to anyone hitting the water this morning.
  15. man this forum is dead!

    anyone fishing pomme? Crappie, bass, catfish anything? I haven't looked at it since the crappie slayers tournament last month. Stockton has been good to me though. Gonna hit Pomme again Friday and Saturday this week. Wish me luck.
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