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Seems like the crappie Are relating more to the bottom (looking for bugs) vs hunting minnows. That's the best advice I have for the following week.
Red glow, and florecent orange were best colors. Best bait, a small jigging spoon with about 5 spikes globbed on.
Saw guys out on Cranberry but didn't fish there myself. Might be worth checking out early in the week.
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IF as much snow falls as is predicted, conditions on the lake could be difficult for a while.
Fished the high banks area w a bunch of other guys and shacks. Looked like the tip down guys got a few.
We managed to get out late Saturday morning for a few hours. We caught a few nice sized crappie and 2 eater walleye jigging. Threw a few small fish back, but the average size was up a little from the last 2 years.
Fish bit on very gentle or deadstick presentations. Most bites on minnows but a few on spikes and plastics. Glow red was our lucky color.
Fished later in the day on Saturday and Sunday for almost 6 hours, same place. Marked a lot of fish, but only lookers no takers. The only decent bite was from about 10-2 on Saturday.
The pattern last year was pretty much the same. The active fish bite in that area from about 9 or 10, until about 2, maybe 3 on a really active day. Sometimes there is an early morning bite, and less often an evening bite. I mark fish there most of the time, but the biters like late morning to mid-day.
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26° - 30° F
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81° - 88° F
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We trolled night crawlers on two hook harnesses. I tried all the usual colors gold, chartreuse, green, and red. By far red metallic was the best, it got every fish! I've run into that before on Holcombe, seems that red is a top color when the water is warm.
The fish we got were all in about 12 FOW and related to rocks or sunken timber. We managed a few nice crappie for the pan and landed a few walleye too, but all were slot fish. Its nice seeing so many 16.5-17.75 inch fish in the lake but it gets frustrating when that's all you catch and have to put them all back. I just wanted one for the grill.
The lake water is very warm and green. Seems to have most of the fish holding at the thermocline which I'm thinking is at about 10 foot (don't hold me to that).
I didn't get a chance to try, but I'm thinking cranks trolled would have worked just as well or better. I've had great luck on black/chartreuse flicker shad, the bummer is you can only get them at Mills F&F or you have to make them yourself. The black is the top 2/3 if you want to make your own. I like the smaller sizes, they only run about 5' down when casted but more like 8 or more when trolled 3 foot behind a bead chain sinker.
Good luck to everyone
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The fish we did get were in about 14-16 FOW near structure, or in 5-6 FOW near dusk. Leeches were best for walleye, minnows worked for crappie. Tried some artificial, but didn't get many bites. We saw a few boats trolling, on what I think was about the 15' line, but they were moving pretty fast, so I'm guessing they were trolling cranks. Saw them boat a few smallish fish, but they had action.
The bloom is just starting and the shallow areas are getting quite warm. Surface temps were in the low 80s with mid water temps in mid 70's. I usually start to target suspended fish at those temps looking for the thermocline which I think is about 10' down right now.
MOON PHASE (62%)
Most fish came in 14-20 FOW on leeches slowly jigged or pulled along the bottom with weedless jig heads. The fish I got were in or along the river channel or on flats directly adjacent to the channel. Glow and chartreuse were the best colors. We had bites all day, but the best bite was about 90 minutes before dark. The key was wood or rock structures. If you were able to fish regular jigs and not get frustrated by loosing tackle you were in the wrong place.
Crappie were on their summer pattern. We got a few suspended in the afternoon and then worked shallow areas near by at dusk. Only fished them one afternoon/evening but the bite was good, size was mixed with several in the 11-12 inch range. Glow jigging spoons tipped with waxies or a small minnow worked for the suspended fish. The same bait under a bobber worked best when they moved shallow. Red or green glow out-fished other colors at least 3 to one.
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I think the gills are just starting, but I could be wrong. Water temps are in the mid 60s. I didn't see beds, so I'm thinking they haven't really started yet.
We saw others targeting gills. They like us got a few but mostly small ones.
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Casted flicker shads, beetle spins and spinners for a few hours and got several pike which are just starting to move back shallow. Brightly colored baits were best. Chartreuse/white and firetiger were best. Chartreuse/black (my usual favorite) ran a distant 3rd. Gills were not on beds yet. Crappie are on the summer pattern.
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Crappie spawn seems to be over. Walleye have moved deeper. Gills are starting to move shallow. Perch were pretty active, but the size was poor
Overall a very quiet weekend on the lake