5/16/2013 I am a die hard fisherman. Arrived at the lake at 5:30AM. The wind was dead quiet. We fished for crappies first. I keep nothing under 9 inches. I had been to the lake last Fri. and had caught a limit of mostly 10 inch and up blacks. They were all males They were not in the normal lay down trees, but up in small indents in the bank, with large bladed grass in them. The water temp started at 61 degrees, and ended at 64. I also caught 4 Saugeye. One 17 and one 18 inches. Today, the water temp started out at 64 degrees, and ended at 71. The crappies were in the grass in the morning, and later on could be caught farther out. They were in 18" of water to 2' of water. These were mostly blacks. I would say, that the next couple of days, the spawn will be on in full force. The problem is, that the lake is high, and some shorelines have so much brush laying in the water that the crappies can spawn up close to the shore, and cannot be reached. We were checked by the game warden, and he said that three other boats had a limit as well. We also caught several Saugeye, but did not fish for them until mid afternoon. Good luck fishing.
Update: 6 Crappies were 11 inch fish. All crappies were males but two. Only two white crappies. All caught on minnows.
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