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Guys the papers are full and the interweb is full of current crappie fishing stories and photo's about Truman.  I want to take a day trip  up there and see if I can catch some of these Monster Slabs that are currently being caught.  From whats out there this seems to be the best BIG crappie catchin in lake history.

This Winter I went off the deep end and set up my 23' Alweld with a total Spider rigging outfit from the Driftmaster rod holders to a set of 8 Southern Crappie rods and all the fixin's.

Every report says get away from the major ramps and find small creeks.  Crappie are suspended in the creeks from 5 to 10 ft. in 20 ft. of water, staging to move up to spawn.  Any ideas where to launch away from the major parks and any ideas on where to go would be of great help.

My wife won't let me stay the night as she is a worry wart.  I can only go and come and not allowed to speak to anyone.  Going to be great weather the middle of the week so if you have a tip, I'm listening.

Thanks

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Man you aren't kidding. I'm seeing lots and lots of big crappie on facebook pages. I follow several guide services down in MS and they are currently tossing on their waders and in the flooded brush jigging them out. I want to just jump in the car and battle the gators and snakes and drag around a stringer full of hogs through the brush.

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Look at the MS crappie and then what they are pulling out of Truman and you may not want to drive that far.  Truman is on fire and most of these guides on Truman are throwing back lots of big females at 1.5 pound  and up.

It is a slaughter right now up there if you know the W-W-W-H.

One of the guides last week had a day with two 3 person trips.  Cleaned 90 crappie for his clients with the biggest at 1.75 and the smallest at 1.25  I believe he said they had 125 pounds of crappie not counting the small and huge ones they threw back.

Said he had fished Truman since it flooded and never seen the quantity or quality that is coming out this year.

 

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Bill....I don't disagree at all...my only thing is I have a quest for a 3# crappie and the likelihood of that from Truman is a %....from Mississippi is a %+ quite a bit. 

Otherwise I'd bet heading to Truman....I really want to the do the wader deal and thump them too. I don't know if anyone on Truman offers that deal(of course here there is no threat of gators and limited snakes).  

Crazy to me....alot of good fish coming from TRL on FB...I've been in walleye mode up until the rain but it was about time to change. We shall see. There is fish to be caught here too. 

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Your right if your in pursuit of a 3 pounder any of the Mississippi lakes are way better.   I've been also following those websites and as a matter of fact Duane and Phil had an April 1st. trip planned.  I think Phil is out but Duane may still be going and he might have opening.  I think they are mostly all still Spider rigging but by April 1st. Duane was told they would be in the flooded timber for wade fishing.

Good Luck

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Bill, it’s been a minute since I spent a ton of time on Truman. That said, talley bend cuts down a little driving and fits your away from main with creeks criteria. It has a high water ramp with the changing levels. Pretty easy navigation down stream from there compared to tebo or upper grand. All 3 are excellent areas 

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