Crappie spawn: Don’t blink, you could miss it

The first report of spawning crappie came Monday afternoon (April 15) on one particular spot on Barnett Reservoir. By Tuesday afternoon, it was over in that honey hole and Wednesday bites were tough to come by. “But we found them again, in a very similar area, about a mile up the lake,” said Joe Alford of Brandon, who fished with his son Jace. “I was in on that tremendous run between the islands Tuesday but it was over on Wednesday. […]

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Bay Springs crappie on the rise

Though it seems that the late arriving winter is reluctant to release its grip this year, Bay Springs crappie guide Wayne Inman (662-416-1296) indicates that the prime season for catching slab crappie from the upper Tenn-Tom Waterway lake is right around the corner.

“Water temperatures in the back of most of the northerly coves have reached 57 degrees,” said Inman. “The main lake is still 47, which is helping to push the fish shallow. Right now males are being caught in 3-4 feet of water using small crappie jigs.” […]

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Prespawn crappie bite has begun

Fishermen wasted little time, hitting the water Thursday in numbers surprising for a supposed workday. That’s what you get when it’s the first day in over a week when weather would allow for safe boating access.

And the reports from crappie anglers were to be expected — good. […]