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My buddy and I are headed down to Stockton for 4 days of fishing here in a few days. We did not make it down last year due to Covid and I missed it baaad! We have a trip during our scheduled with Ed aka lmt-outfitters. I'm really looking forward to learning from him! Besides that we plan to be doing a lot of trolling cranks primarily looking for crappie. Has any one been trolling cranks lately? Any success? And I'm not looking for anyone's specific spots,  but any advice on depth, arm, part of the lake, baits, etc. to get us started in the right direction would be appreciated! TIA

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7 hours ago, GRANDPA TATER said:

My buddy and I are headed down to Stockton for 4 days of fishing here in a few days. We did not make it down last year due to Covid and I missed it baaad! We have a trip during our scheduled with Ed aka lmt-outfitters. I'm really looking forward to learning from him! Besides that we plan to be doing a lot of trolling cranks primarily looking for crappie. Has any one been trolling cranks lately? Any success? And I'm not looking for anyone's specific spots,  but any advice on depth, arm, part of the lake, baits, etc. to get us started in the right direction would be appreciated! TIA

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Most of creeks will be muddy, I personally would troll some flicker shads  purple Rico, and shad color, heard walleye is good right now hope that helps.

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Crappie will be suspended over open water post-spawn. Just need to find them, river channels are a good place to start. It's not uncommon to find them 12-20ft down over 50+.

I haven't done it much this year, but it seems like you can drag a crank just about anywhere and pick up a crappie or two.

-Austin

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Thanks for the replies/advice! We will pull baits on four rods and will try a variety of colors of Flicker Shad and 200 and 300 series Bandits until we hopefully find out the preferred bait and color. With 3.5 days to try (the other half day will be with Ed) I hope we can get a pattern going.  Either way it's going to be fun. 

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45 minutes ago, GRANDPA TATER said:

We will pull baits on four rods and will try a variety of colors of Flicker Shad and 200 and 300 series Bandits until we hopefully find out the preferred bait and color

we did that a month ago and had one evening of incredible crappie fishing, and then the next morning same fish in the same spot didnt want any of it. 

Chartreuse Rootbeer and citrus shad bandits got a lot of attention, as did blue and purple tiger flicker shad and some home painted silver/purple/chart

silver blue chart. 

Good Luck and let us know how it goes with Lmt Out!! 

Illegitimi non carborundum (Never let the bastards grind you down)

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On 5/28/2021 at 3:33 PM, GRANDPA TATER said:

Thanks for the heads up on colors Big Keene! We're you pulling 200 or 300 Bandits?

Sorry for missing this one. But we were using both 200 and 300s. Hope you had a good trip.

Illegitimi non carborundum (Never let the bastards grind you down)

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