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  • Big Toledo Crappie in Early Summer

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    This Memorial Day weekend was an up and down weekend as far as conditions. We fished Saturday morning for 3 hours, catching 26, fishing brush piles in 20-25ft of water. We could clearly see the piles stacked with crappie, however the post front conditions and calm day, had them locking their jaw. At certain points, we were able to get them feeding on a frenzy, catching 5-6, then it would end quickly. Sunday was a much better day. We got on the water at 8am and set out fishing the same patterns and piles as the day before, except this time they wanted to eat! We typically rig 1/32oz jig heads with a crimp weight 10' above the jig to fall quicker, however the fish wanted it slower. We would cast out over the pile with no crimp weight, and let the jig fall slow, then slowly working it across the pile. About mid cast a slab would crush it. This pattern worked great for our trip as we were able to haul in a little over 50 crappie before lunchtime. The lures of choice were Slim Jimmys in Bleu Glo and Salt N Pepper colors. One white crappie was just over 2 pounds caught on Bleu Glo!

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