This past week has been trying to say the least. The Corp has been pulling the lake hard all week and this has stained the south end and brought the water temps throughout the lake to about the same and that is 43-44. With that and overcast most of the week I caught a ton of crappie under ten but not many over.
The sun came back and the temps warmed and thank goodness my pattern has returned. I am fishing a lot of spots I use throughout the summer. The top of the brush needs to be about twelve feet down in much deeper water twenty or so. These spots are entry areas to spawn coves, main lake points, or just ledges throughout the middle of the lake down to the south end. I am then using my 12ft. rods to drift across these brush piles getting the fish on top. You catch a ton of shorts but if you hold your jig very still you get less little fish and more over ten. All that jigging up and down attracts the little ones. We are using my 3/32oz. Deep Ledge Jigs in red or orange on dark days or at first light. Then once the sun pops out we are switching to white. As for plastics I am using the new Brush pile Hammers in red/chartreuse,pink/chartreuse on dark days. Pearl/chartreuse or pearl/black pepper on sunny days. The crappie are really biting and this weeks warm weather will enhance that even more.
Chip’s Marine has an entire stock of them in his shop now as well as my Deep Ledge Jigs