Well today I finally had a break from the trout fishing up in Broken Bow and decided to hit the creeks in DFW and look for some slab crappie.
At about 8 am today, I walking around the house debating where and for what species i was going to target. Then, I get a text from a buddy and he says to hit the crappie today. So about 9-10 AM, I’m driving to the first creek to see whats going on. Before I wet a line, I looked at the Air Pressure, and its sky rocketing. 30.40 is a bad thing to fish in and I figured I was going to waist my time due to the fish being shut down with the high pressure from the cold front yesterday. So, I figured I would hit all the hot spots from last year and see if I can trick something into eating., meanwhile scout the creek for new structure.
The first creek produced 6 dink crappie and 3 keeper white bass. Not what I like to catch. The fish need to be a wee bit bigger to keep my attention. So, off to the next creek.
Within 30 mins, I hop out of the truck and head to the hot spot at this creek. But, on my way I see a new Trash Pile built up in 10 ft of water and a tree going right across the pile 5 ft up in the air off the water. (This is no more than 40 yards from the truck.) I hop up on the tree and sink a jig through the trash mat/debris pile and before it hits the bottom, i get that bite we all look for as a crappie fisherman, THA-THUMP! I set the hook and pull a beautiful 13 inch White Crappie out from the debris pile. Throw the fish on the bank, and sunk down another jig, WACK! -Again another slab comes out of the debris pile. In 45 mins I’m walking back to the truck with a limit of White Crappie from a Creek in the DFW area.
I decide to scout the creek really quick and see what else is going on. Landed 6 more keepers and then nothing for an hour, so I left for home. If you didn’t catch the last Crappie Blog, here its is below. It will give you a few pointers on hitting the crappie in the creeks during the winter months. Click link below.
All crappie caught on Thump Buddies by http://lightsouttackle.com/ Black/Chart and Pink/Chart were the color of choice today. Pink/Chart seemed to work the best today. I tried minnows, but they were swimming into the branches and snagging me up. The other crappie I caught scouting was a Thump Buddy under a small bobber in 6 ft of water with the jig 4 ft deep w/ 1/16th oz pink jig heads.