• As Big As they Grow

    Author Paul Johnson’s trick to catching crappie for much of the year is to slow-troll crankbaits from six rods positioned off the back of his boat.

    Finally looking forward to fall fishing

    September 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    The author and partner Tommy Moss had to resort to pulling cranks at Chotard to finish fourth in the Magnolia Crappie Club State Championship.

    Magnolia Crappie State Championship

    Hugh Krutz and Steve Stevenson take title
    August 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    Cranking on Ross Barnett this summer will yield stripers, crappie, catfish and the occasional largemouth bass.

    The Rez cranking out crappie

    July 02, 2012 at 7:00am
    The world record set at Enid Lake in 1957 still stands, since no one bested it during the $100,000 World’s Largest Crappie Festival.

    Everybody’s catching fish at Enid

    Crankbaits work just fine, thank you
    June 28, 2012 at 7:00am
    This has shaped up to be one of the best crappie seasons in years.

    Crappie bite started early

    $100,000 offered for world-record slab
    May 01, 2012 at 4:50pm
    Sandy Tackett, fishing with her dad, Andy, caught this beautiful 3.23-pounder.

    Washington too good to pass up

    Lake shines, even in bad conditions
    April 01, 2012 at 7:30am
    Winners of last year’s Washington tournament were Steve and David White of Monticello, Ark. This was the only MCC tournament these anglers fished.


    Fish aren’t only things stacked at Washington
    March 01, 2012 at 3:30pm
    The author and his tournament partner, Tommy Moss of Brandon, fished Eagle on Jan. 5, and caught several really good fish jigging the piers. Their best seven weighed just over 13 pounds. Fishing 4 feet deep under piers with wooden supports seemed to be the key.

    Delta dominance

    Eagle Lake back in business
    February 01, 2012 at 7:22am
    Ross Barnett’s fish don’t seem to want to have anything to do with crankbaits right now.

    Ross Barnett crappie

    Bring your jig poles, not crankbaits
    January 01, 2012 at 8:10am
    Chotard Lake was hit hard by the record flood of 2011, but the crappie fishery is as good as ever.

    Chotard better than ever

    Weather dictates the bite
    December 01, 2011 at 2:23pm
    As the waters get cooler, crappie will make their annual migration out of the deep water of many lakes.

    Slabs head shallow for fall

    Wise anglers won’t be far behind
    November 01, 2011 at 11:44am
    Tommy Moss and Jim McKay were in the “hot seat” at the 2008 National Championship at Reelfoot Lake. Seated in one of the boats to be given to tournament winners, they maintained their lead until the last two teams weighed in. Yep, the big one got away.

    Prepare ahead; Don’t let the big one get away

    September 27, 2011 at 3:55pm