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Kramr

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If I'm looking for spawning crappie (not pre-spawn) next week what should I be looking for?

1. Find an arm with water flowing into it or just any arm? Arms that come in from the north or south?

2. Gravel banks with a 45' angle or less?

3. Banks facing north or south?

 

 

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I'm no expert, but the first thing I look for is 65 degree water.  I tend to put in at Long Shoals so that gives me lots of options as regards to water conditions.  Go up the Big Tebo for clearer water; head toward the dam and up the Osage for more colored water; or, up the Grand toward Bucksaw for more colored water.  Then I will go back in the good sized arms and tie on a 1/16th ounce curly tailed grub (white for clearer water, chartreuse for dirtier water)and go to fishing.  Moving constantly unless I get into some.  Then I will slow down and work the area over.  I have caught them in the very back end of pockets in 1 foot of water, or halfway back in 10 feet of water.  You just have to see at what stage they are in when you are on the lake.  It also depends on the weather leading up to your trip.  If it has been warm with south breezes, then the coves on the north side of the lake tend to have warmer water.  

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Thanks Skeeter. Water temp is no where near 65, be lucky if it hits 55 degrees. Looks like it will mostly be a pre-spawn type fishing so your advice on moving around is certainly good advice. We will be staying at Bucksaw so I have been looking at all of the arms in the area that have constant water running into them figuring those should have the warmest water.

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