The crappie fishing is through the roof and we are limiting out every day and big fish to boot. This past weekend a tourney took place and the winners had almost ten pounds for just seven fish and a 1.99lb. fish took big fish. I am getting at least a dozen every day over a pound and a half dozen over a pound and a half. Not to mention at least seventy-five more. The action is very good and will be until the lake
ices up if it ever does.
Last year we were still tearing them up on New Years Eve. Crappie fishing is a cold water sport and they really get turned on when the water temps get down in the low fifties and even lower. Right now we have about 48 degree water temps and the lake is very clear. This has backed the fish off the bank to the ends of down trees. We are just tight lining a 1/4oz. Deep Ledge Jig and a Midsouth tube fishing about ten to twelve feet deep. I have a three person seating system up on the nose of my Ranger boat and this allows us to hover over a brush pile and see our jigs on my Lowrance HDS. This system is deadly and we routinely catch between 75 to 100 a day.
All you need to do to be successful is to fish the ends of every down tree you see in about 10-15 feet of water. Using my 1/4oz. Deep Ledge Jigs you can feel every branch and bounce them into the branch and the crappie will just pounce on it.
I enclosed a picture from November 2nd of Rusty Milton and his nephew Trevor hoisting our three man forty-five fish limit caught before noon on Lake Shelbyville.
Scott Buckley,Jim Kammer and Tom Scanlan showing off our four man sixty fish limit and a bonus sauger caught on November 3rd.
Thanks, Steve Welch