Posted by Kerry Grissett on March 11, 2002 at 23:09:41:
This year has been a mystery for me. Last year I had caught several limits on Wheeler by the first of February. This year, I have only had ONE good day and that was from the bank. I wish I could have had my boat out that day. Caught between 60 and 75 crappie and could have had 30 in the 1 pound+ range, but I didn't have my bucket! All fish were released. (sigh, since this is the first time in about 10 years that I have decided to keep my catch!)
Anyway, I haven't taken surface water temperature readings, but I can tell you this... in the last week or 2:
The males have been prevalent in the shallows, but are NOT showing spawning display.
Most females have well deleloped eggs, but not showing signs of eminent spawning.
Some days produce almost all males, but other days produce an even mix.
Sunny days seem to be best for shallow water. Shady days best in deeper waters.
Colors that have worked for me are limetreuse, electric chicken (bass assassin), red/chartreuse tube jig and last, but not least, junebug crappie slider. Also, the creme crawdad (shrimp) has produced quite a few fish in clearer water around stumps.
Hope this is helpful!
Good luck and good fishin'
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