Well for most the post spawn blues have begun. Although I haven’t been on the Rez in several weeks I know the spawn bite is over because all the boats I was seeing on my way to work have disappeared. I guess the focus will turn to bream now but for us diehards some of best crappie fishing is about to come! I love the post spawn for several reasons. First I will have the lake to myself except for the fleet of bass fishermen but they fish different waters, the weather will be near perfect until the heat of the summer kicks in , and lastly the crappie while scattered will be predictable when found. Since all the crappie in the lake don’t spawn at once there are lots of different ways to fish for them after the spawn. For now though I will concentrate on my two favorites this time of the year. These will also be the techniques I will use through the heat of the summer.
My favorite technique is single pole jig fishing. There is just something about hand to hand combat with a big slab crappie. From now until Fall crappie become very predictable at Ross Barnett. Immediately after the spawn they seem to scatter but there are fish in all stages of post spawn. The big females seem to always go to the bank first so they are the first to settle back into deep water. I like to target the old lake beds with standing timber. They could be anywhere from a foot under the surface to twelve feet down. Until a thermocline sets up in the lake at which time they will hang more towards the twelve foot range but that’s for another blog. If single poling is your thing try the old lakes beds and fish as many stumps as you can. You should be able to put a decent mess of crappie in the boat.
The next method I like to use is trolling crankbaits behind the boat. There is no better way to target scattered crappie then this method. You can cover miles of water in a day’s trip. I like to follow the ledges along the river channel or old lake beds adjacent to shallow water. Crappie will move out to these ledges from the shallow water and stage until they move into their summer pattern. I like to stager my rods out the back and I will pull Bandit 200 or 300 series crankbaits. Changing colors often until I find the exact bait they prefer and this can change from day to day.
While the easy bite is over there are still crappie to catch. If you will pick one of these techniques and stick with it a mess of crappie isn’t out of reach. Remember take a kid fishing it will make their day!