Seems not many people post here but i was there last yr in april we hammered the crappie problem was nothing over 8 inch but 1 slab the whole 4 days 3 guys we did catch a ton of catfish on bobbers n minnows no doubt and they were all big but the bass crappie and walleye were all small still had a blast tho paynetown is a great campground and we are going back in a few weeks i was wondering perhaps if anyone knew if there are big crappie even there we caught hundreds of small guys any info would be greatly appreciated thanks
MOON PHASE (25%)
76° - 80º F
76° - 80º F
When wipers are located around deeper breaklines, a sonar baits-aka blade baits, work extremely well. These lures are generally weighted-1/2-3/4 oz. and vibrate erratically when a sweeping jigging motion is applied. Such action is especially effective as water temperatures warm up. Jigging spoons are also quite effective- Hopkins or flutter types will produce while vertical jigging over a school of wipers that may be located in the deeper channels. Once the approximate location of a school is located, provided it's not too deep, casting lures (weighted spoons) to the fish and counting them down to their depth level is also effective. If these fish are located shallower- 8'to 12', don't hesitate to use crankbaits, such as a #7 or #9 shad rap, rattle trap, etc, cranking them in as fast as possible. Trolling such lures to find these fish or any other species is an effective technique.
These techniques have produced some explosive action for me in the past, particularly on wipers, and I hope they will prove to be equally productive for you.
Keep em Coming, WMK