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it cause the weather was too nice today.  Back to the lake,  things had changed since Tuesday, surface temp up to 43 up the creek,  marking fish at 28 ft initially and later at 26,  wind was light,  seen schools of smaller crappie on the livescope  up to 6 ft off the bottom,  larger crappie scattered and hugging the bottom.  Seen 3 otter come off the hill and into the lake.  Hope their legs grow together.   7  nice crappie,  1 legal walleye and at least 35  short crappie.  They liked the salt and pepper skirts today,  and it didn't make much difference if you tipped w/ minnow or not.  Another really nice day on a really clean lake.

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On 3/5/2021 at 1:12 PM, Mistys Master said:

What part of the lake were you fishing?

Pink head jig?  metallic? Details would be really helpful

Planning on a trip sunday.

Details?  Looks like he gave you all the information anyone could need. 🤓

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On 3/5/2021 at 1:12 PM, Mistys Master said:

What part of the lake were you fishing?

Pink head jig?  metallic? Details would be really helpful

Planning on a trip sunday.

Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner for your Sunday trip but I was at the lake again, go figure.  This time of year I use 2 jig heads tied with loop knots and the color depends on the cloud cover i.e.  bright days lighter cloudy days darker.  I like chrome jigs if its sunny but sometimes the white bass won't leave them alone so I change.   I use Strike King jokers a lot  and the crappie will tell you what color they prefer.   I fish s l o o o w w.  I fish straight down if possible this time of year because they are not wanting to chase much,  they will take it if convenient and too much movement will make them shy away,  the livescope has taught me that.  Let your rig drop to the bottom then pick it up about 2 cranks.  Hint- 1 crank on most spinning reels is about 2 foot.  Crappie look level and up, never down, and thats the way they feed.   I personally do not fish brush piles although there are plenty on Stockton lake and some folks prefer them.   I fish what we call the breaks this time of year where the flats break off into the channel.  Find the baitfish and the crappie will be near.  Tipping your jigs with small minnows may help this time of year.  I don't lip them,  I skull them and don't lose as many.

   Now to the first part of your post-   what part of the lake-  well, I'll serve you lunch if you're hungry, probably loan you money if your broke, change your flat tire,  might even give you my sisters phone,   we're a sharing bunch of folks here on OAF.    BUT, when asked where I will tell you SOUTH of the DAM.   Now thats pretty cold,  and I noticed this is your first post here so I will give you a HINT---WAAAY  SOUTH.   Another HINT-  Bass fishermen stand in their boat,  crappie fishermen SIT.  Watch the boats.   My typing fingers are getting tired so this is my last hint of the evening,  a lot of crappie bites are missed because they are not felt,  keep your fore finger on or under the rod blank and you detect more bites.

  Welcome to the forum,  hope you catch a boatload.   OGHFM

 

 

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Went out tonight and only managed a 7" crappie.

Put in at Masters and ran to high point. Water was pretty dingy and warmer down there (40*, 38 at Masters). 

I could not find any big schools of shad, only small, scattered ones. Lots of big lone marks out suspended in no mans land. 

I did throw a jerkbait for a while over shallow wind blown flats where the seagulls were diving, with no bites, although if I caught anything on that it would just be dumb luck, I have no clue how to properly run a jerkbait.

-Austin

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8 minutes ago, MrGiggles said:

Went out tonight and only managed a 7" crappie.

Put in at Masters and ran to high point. Water was pretty dingy and warmer down there (40*, 38 at Masters). 

I could not find any big schools of shad, only small, scattered ones. Lots of big lone marks out suspended in no mans land. 

I did throw a jerkbait for a while over shallow wind blown flats where the seagulls were diving, with no bites, although if I caught anything on that it would just be dumb luck, I have no clue how to properly run a jerkbait.

I caught one of those big lone suspended marks about 4 years ago.  Peeled line off like a street sweeper and BREECHED about 60 yards away so I just knew it was a fresh water whale.  Fought the Thing for about  10 or more minutes during which it went Under the boat 4 times and finally took it to net which it about broke.  29 lb small mouthed buffalo.  TAIL hooked.  I told my cousin about it  and told him I DUMPED it back in the lake and he was upset,  claims they are THE BEST eating there is.  I'll probably never know cause they won't fit in the livewell and I would be embarassed to lead on back to the dock on a rope.

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