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    Default The secret Crappie lake bit!!!!

    If people haven't figured out yet, "I like writing fish reports" and adding my own sense of humor to them! I also don't really believe you can truly burn a lake by Internet reports. (they don't get enough views to hurt a lake) Lakes do get crowded when the bite is on!!!! However, a truly good fishermen doesn't wait to read something on the Internet and suddenly get the urge to go fish that lake. They know by past experience when certain fish bite at the lakes of their choice. Or by their network of friends, maybe even a current U tube video or last but not least, pick up a copy of W.O.N. The absolute worst source of information comes from the Internet. I do read Internet reports and gain almost nothing from them, but see a picture of what a Bass, trout or Crappie look like. (most people won't even post a catfish picture) To illustrate my point, let me give an example of what a typical Crappie report looks like on the Internet. I went Crappie fishing somewhere (lake not disclosed and might not even have been recent) and caught Crappie and here is a picture! (THE END) Then the OP expects a response like they wrote a Pulitzer prize winning articule! Lol Another long time personality on here awhile back said, "this website is dying." I thought it slowed down quite a bit, but I didn't think it was dying. I was wrong, it is grasping for air! Let's see if ole etucker can do some CPR on the place! The best thing I can do, is to write some things that are worthy of reading! Or my old favorite is to say some political things that will surely get a rise in some people! "OH NO, NOT THAT!" I'll stop that, when others start writing anything else up! Lol

    That's enough of my rant let's talk about fishing!

    More specifically Crappie fishing for now. Any good Crappie fishermen already knows what I'm about to say, but to newer people, you might actual learn something new. Crappie now a day's are a witch to catch. (very few lakes have big numbers of them any more) So the few lakes that do, are the Holy ground for Crappie. Here are the few lakes that still have a large population of Crappie. (the spring time is the easiest time to catch them) Their also in sync with the Large Mouth Bass. When the Bass are biting, so are the Crappies. Here is the best 4 lakes to catch Crappies at. Cachuma, Hodges, Irvine and Isabella. Honorable mention, Silverwood, Wohlford, Pudingstone and the secret lake we went to yesterday, "HENSHAW!" Some of you people must be saying, "everybody knows Henshaw is a good Crappie lake." It use to be, but it has hit hard times recently! It hit such hard times, nobody reported the "wide open Crappie fishing they had last week there!" Look it up, you couldn't find any mention of it at all. I know the paranoids are thinking "You just burned the lake!" No I didn't, it's already burned! Word got out in a certain community about the Crappie bite and it was packed in the parking lot when we got there!

    We wanted to rent a boat, but with only 6 available we didn't like our chances! Thank God, it's probably an easier shore bite then a boat bite! So we did get a boat! The bite had been good from the fishing dock all the way to the Dam. These things are in super shallow water! (2-3 feet) So it's easier to catch them close to shore in a Rocky area. Since we were in a boat, we had to fish the sunken trees in shallow water. We were fishing Minnows under a bobber with a 2 foot leader. Our buddy got 12 Crappies last week in trees by the Dam. But this week it was much slower then last week, so those trees got us only 2 Crappies. The Ironic part was, 4 young men and an old dude fished from shore right behind us and killed them good there. (they were fishing a Rocky area) So this is what I do best, "go find some virgin territory!" We found a group of trees that was holding Crappie and Bass! We ended up hooking 15 Crappies and 5 Bass there and missed another dozen bites. A lot of fun, but a lot of retying hooks after we snagged something! I was definitely the weak link in the chain today, as my partner caught most of the fish! The size of the Crappies was pretty good too, as most of them were over a pound! (A lot of really dark black ones too!) I not sure if we will go back, because our local lake is still producing Crappies. As I said last year, "2021 is going to be a Crappie year!"

    p.s. Their was 1 $50,000 Bass boat on the lake fishing for Bass. They caught besides the smaller Bass we caught, an 4 & 8 pound LMB, so lake Henshaw still has some more life left in her!
    Last edited by etucker1959; 04-12-2021 at 04:39 PM.

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    I like Crappie fishing too but haven't tried for them this year. I have been to Henshaw a few times, and it is a good Crappie lake at times. That reminds me of the time when my wife went off with our daughter and our daughter's friend to go to the flower fields in Carlsbad. Too bad I wasn't with them, because the friend told them to turn left (east) at the freeway offramp, and they ended up at Henshaw Lake before they knew that they had gone the wrong direction. LOL

    P.S. I think I knew which lake is your local one, and I am thinking of perhaps giving it a visit. (I have been there once before and we caught some panfish and bass.) Irvine lake is another possibility, but it is difficult to get to from here without going through private toll roads, which I either don't have access to as well as just dislike the concept of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etucker1959 View Post
    If people haven't figured out yet, "I like writing fish reports" and adding my own sense of humor to them! I also don't really believe you can truly burn a lake by Internet reports. (they don't get enough views to hurt a lake) Lakes do get crowded when the bite is on!!!! However, a truly good fishermen doesn't wait to read something on the Internet and suddenly get the urge to go fish that lake. They know by past experience when certain fish bite at the lakes of their choice. Or by their network of friends, maybe even a current U tube video or last but not least, pick up a copy of W.O.N. The absolute worst source of information comes from the Internet. I do read Internet reports and gain almost nothing from them, but see a picture of what a Bass, trout or Crappie look like. (most people won't even post a catfish picture) To illustrate my point, let me give an example of what a typical Crappie report looks like on the Internet. I went Crappie fishing somewhere (lake not disclosed and might not even have been recent) and caught Crappie and here is a picture! (THE END) Then the OP expects a response like they wrote a Pulitzer prize winning articule! Lol Another long time personality on here awhile back said, "this website is dying." I thought it slowed down quite a bit, but I didn't think it was dying. I was wrong, it is grasping for air! Let's see if ole etucker can do some CPR on the place! The best thing I can do, is to write some things that are worthy of reading! Or my old favorite is to say some political things that will surely get a rise in some people! "OH NO, NOT THAT!" I'll stop that, when others start writing anything else up! Lol

    That's enough of my rant let's talk about fishing!

    More specifically Crappie fishing for now. Any good Crappie fishermen already knows what I'm about to say, but to newer people, you might actual learn something new. Crappie now a day's are a witch to catch. (very few lakes have big numbers of them any more) So the few lakes that do, are the Holy ground for Crappie. Here are the few lakes that still have a large population of Crappie. (the spring time is the easiest time to catch them) Their also in sync with the Large Mouth Bass. When the Bass are biting, so are the Crappies. Here is the best 4 lakes to catch Crappies at. Cachuma, Hodges, Irvine and Isabella. Honorable mention, Silverwood, Wohlford, Pudingstone and the secret lake we went to yesterday, "HENSHAW!" Some of you people must be saying, "everybody knows Henshaw is a good Crappie lake." It use to be, but it has hit hard times recently! It hit such hard times, nobody reported the "wide open Crappie fishing they had last week there!" Look it up, you couldn't find any mention of it at all. I know the paranoids are thinking "You just burned the lake!" No I didn't, it's already burned! Word got out in a certain community about the Crappie bite and it was packed in the parking lot when we got there!

    We wanted to rent a boat, but with only 6 available we didn't like our chances! Thank God, it's probably an easier shore bite then a boat bite! So we did get a boat! The bite had been good from the fishing dock all the way to the Dam. These things are in super shallow water! (2-3 feet) So it's easier to catch them close to shore in a Rocky area. Since we were in a boat, we had to fish the sunken trees in shallow water. We were fishing Minnows under a bobber with a 2 foot leader. Our buddy got 12 Crappies last week in trees by the Dam. But this week it was much slower then last week, so those trees got us only 2 Crappies. The Ironic part was, 4 young men and an old dude fished from shore right behind us and killed them good there. (they were fishing a Rocky area) So this is what I do best, "go find some virgin territory!" We found a group of trees that was holding Crappie and Bass! We ended up hooking 15 Crappies and 5 Bass there and missed another dozen bites. A lot of fun, but a lot of retying hooks after we snagged something! I was definitely the weak link in the chain today, as my partner caught most of the fish! The size of the Crappies was pretty good too, as most of them were over a pound! (A lot of really dark black ones too!) I not sure if we will go back, because our local lake is still producing Crappies. As I said last year, "2021 is going to be a Crappie year!"

    p.s. Their was 1 $50,000 Bass boat on the lake fishing for Bass. They caught besides the smaller Bass we caught, an 4 & 8 pound LMB, so lake Henshaw still has some more life left in her!
    ETucker

    Your not the weak link. You decided to let me drive the boat. So I did what I do best when this happens. Put the back of the boat in the spot where all of the crappies would bite.

    Whats weird is that yes the Crappie bite is on and one has more options than they think within a 2 hour ride from Los Angeles. Each lakes Crappie bite is in different stages. Some very close to shore, some out within casting distance and others just past casting distance. Some Crappie at one lake want jigs and under spins while at other lakes the Crappie only want minnows. It has turned out to be a "Crappy Year" like you posted a few months ago. Not sure how many Crappie I have caught and lost thus far this year. But it has been much, much better than the last couple of years!

    It's still early in the Crappie catching season and I will continue to have dreams of hundreds of Bober's slowing moving under water and then waiting just long enough for me to pull my rod to then engage another Slab.

    CRAPPY Dreams To Everyone

    RC

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    Etucker, I have to ask, what's the "certain community" your talking about? Maybe you expect us to know? (As I think you know, I'm new to fishing) But anyways, great report as always.

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    Nice report, the minnows you were using did you net them at the lake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sodapop View Post
    Nice report, the minnows you were using did you net them at the lake?
    Nope, we bought them at a new place in Oceanside. If you're in a good shore spot without too many snags. You can catch them with a bobber and a Crappie jig. So you don't have to have Minnows to be successful. It does help, as one of the best Crappie fishermen I know of snuck in there Monday and caught 25 Crappies from shore on Minnows. You do lose a lot of gear with all the snags. So do what I did today, "Go to Walmart" and buy their weighted Red Bobbers! They are only 3 for $1.16.
    Last edited by etucker1959; 04-14-2021 at 11:20 AM.

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    Are the minnows legal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FISHISH View Post
    Are the minnows legal?
    Minnows are Legal to fish with by buying them North and South. North up in Kern County, that would include Lake Isabella and the Aqueduct for example. In addition you can fish with them down south in San Diego county. That would include lakes like Hodges, Wohlford, Henshaw and many many other San Diego lakes. As for up around here, you can't buy them and fish with them legally. But their is some exceptions in dipping them out of certain lakes!
    Last edited by etucker1959; 04-16-2021 at 04:13 PM.

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