This report came in from Steve Welch....
The lake is rising 3-4 inches a day and our water temps have spiked to mid seventies. The bass and crappie spawn is about done and after this week I will be leaning more towards walleye fishing. I am starting to pick them up while crappie fishing and even had five the other day while white bass fishing.
Since the lake is rising the late spawning crappie are relocating even shallower and I am hustling to find new spots but if you are fishing anything deeper than five feet and closer to two feet you are missing out on some very good crappie fishing right now. Minnows under a cork is by far the most effective bait on the shallow fish. The deeper piles that were the shallow piles that I was catching good crappie on back before the lake came up I am fishing a 1/4oz. Deep Ledge Jig red with a chartreuse Bass Pro Baby Shad or Midsouth tube. So jigs in deep water and minnows on shallow fish.
With the Crappie U.S.A. qualifier coming on May 12th I am only guiding through Tuesday then preparing to fish the tourney. Should have nearly a hundred boats. This is the only tourney I am fishing this spring since I have so many guide trips booked already. Good luck to everyone in the tourney.