Fished 04-25 and 04-26. Lots and Lots of guys fishing coves/banks. Water temps looked really close to spawn yet the majority of the largest fish were still staging over deep water chasing shad. Find the bait balls, get bites!
Employing a system no one else really does out here is something we like to do. Being from way up north, we get alot of silly looks from the locals while trolling. But I wonder how many of them locals are catching limits of 12-15" crappies? Our biggest for the 2 days was 15.5" white crappie and it was a male, followed by a 14.750". We didnt keep any fish under 10.5" and only had maybe 7-8 fish we threw back under 10.5" Plenty of drum, catfish, largemouth and whitebass also.
Trolling hardbaits. And they were choking them down. Great time!