Spring is definitely ahead of normal pace and the near-spawn hungry and shallow crappies are proof. We took advantage of light(-ish) winds yesterday – necessary to survive big lake adventures in a canoe – and headed out with 3 dozen minnows in the aerated 5-gallon bucket. It took over 3 hours to locate some brush with any receptive fish, but we finally did. The males were scattered along a 40-50 foot stretch of brushy shoreline and the larger females were staging 10-15 feet further offshore in 3-4′ deeper water. We landed around 15 with 5 throwbacks. The keepers ranged from just 1/8-1/4″ over the 9″ minimum to 2, 12″ers. 9 keeper crappie with one bonus bluegill in total.
Spring crappie fishing has become of the activities that I most look forward to because Raelyn enjoys it so much. The only thing that took us back to the boat ramp yesterday was her almost having a bathroom emergency. Hopefully this weekend’s rain and windy forecast does not put the rest of the crappie spawn fishing in jeopardy, because we’d love to get out a time or two more to keep stocking the freezer.