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  1. #16
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    The whites are preparing to head up the creeks and tributaries to spawn, when they do I wade the creeks with a flyrod. IMG_20160501_213915.jpg

    Stripers on this lake are pretty much a late Fall thing, they'll herd schools of shad out over large shallow flats. Otherwise about the only way to connect with them is miles and miles of incessant trolling....which just isn't my thing.
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    I was down for the past few days doing some electrical on the dock, with a bit of fishing here and there (just off the dock). Caught 45, but they were very scattered, from 4 feet to about 20. Many of them were females with eggs.

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    Hey Jeff, when fishing off the dock, are you casting or using minnows
    Life is gooder in retirement !!!! - Endless Summer Live Life !!!

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    We are vertical jigging with crappie nibbles. The nibbles are so much easier than minnows, and for the most part I think that I catch just as many fish. We have ALLOT of trees under our dock. I usually get the green ones with sparkles, but I think that most any color works well. One on a 1/16th ounce jig with a rubber body works well.

    http://www.berkley-fishing.com/berkl...s/1285453.html

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    TY
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    I have never fished specifically for crappie. How do you keep the bluegill from hitting the crappie nibbles?

  7. #22
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpally View Post
    I have never fished specifically for crappie. How do you keep the bluegill from hitting the crappie nibbles?
    I rarely catch a bluegill when crappie fishing. I am not exactly sure why, other than bluegills are typically in the very shallow water.

  8. #23
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    I have caught more Bass crappie fishing than bluegill. Makes you think for a few seconds you have caught the worlds largest crappie when you do.

  9. #24
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    During the spawn it may not be as important, but I really like to use a G Loomis or St Croix rod. I think that feeling that soft "tick" is key to catching crappies. It is amazing how a rod can make such a difference.

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    Crushed the crappies today off the dock. Many in 10 to 15, but just a foot or two down from the bottom of the encapsulated foam. Just a jig with a green tube body and crappie nibbles. It did not seem to matter which color. Once the sun went down, the bite stopped.

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