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Kings River - Hickory Hollow access - Tuesday April 7


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Had a good day of fishing, we brought home some nice sized crappie, had to work hard for every one of them. Up and down Kings, fished south banks where we got strikes, let the wind push us and then circle back and start again until the bites stopped.

Started around 9:30, left at 5:30. Caught majority of the fish from 10:30 - 2:00 in 3 - 5 foot of water, most were under or nearby some of the floating debris. Water was almost back to normal green with pools of muddy brown here and there. Water temps varied from 58 - 60. Caught most on a 1/16 oz chartreuse jig with pink and chartreuse tube. Crappie bites seemed to be spread out and no two where close together. Is this the pre-spawn activity I have read about? With the wind aided trolling I tossed out a live minnow & bobber off the back of the boat, it didn't see any action, have a friend who kills it with the minnow/trolling method, but maybe that's after the spawn?

Looking to go once or twice in the next week, any tips or insight to yesterdays trip is appreciated.



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I noticed those redears, too. I have two on the wall at home that were caught at Lake Ouachita by my grandfather in June 1960, a month before I was born. One weighed 2-2 and the other was 2-0. The 2-2 was an Arkansas state record for quite some time. He caught them fishing 40 feet deep (for bream???) along a bluff wall on redworms. Yes, he was a "deep thinker" like Babler. They would have fished well together!

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When I was young, me and my grandpa would camp down at merresac lake off the arkansas river and we would catch some of the biggest redears I've ever seen. Champ have you ever fished down there?

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You bet, Jacob. Merrisac, Coal Pile, Moores Bayou ... That's one wild and wooly area. Pretty much the polar opposite in every way to fishing Table Rock. But it's a ton of fun.

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