Crappie Spawn is Over, Time to Slow Down? Not Me!
By Steve Welch
Since I got my web-site up and going about a year ago, my business has just grown and grown. Normally I count on my winter fishing shows and my repeat business to fill my spring trips. This year I have turned away over a hundred trips and those that just waited too long to get a spring crappie trip. I have convinced them that the June crappie / walleye trips are just as fun. I have even been booking fall crappie trips and summer white bass trips.
the web-site, business is good. Yesterday, I did an interview with Field and
Stream magazine in
Now back to fishing. June on
The male crappie will remain up the creeks long after the spawn to protect the young. They will even still be dark from the spawn. I love to catch fish in two foot of water as long as I can. Active fish and usually they are all of legal size.
day we come out of the creeks and head to the main lake flats. Like the need
for color up in the creeks, you need wind on the main lake flats to get the fish shallow. This gives the water color and the predators will use this to their advantage. Boat traffic all though it is a nuisance is helpful. They also color the water. I have caught walleye in a foot of water, mid day in the prop wash of a ski boat leaving a marina. The waves disorientate the baitfish and the walleye are ready to pounce.
Now I always tell my clients that a walleye trip with me has a ton of white bass to deal with. They live in the same areas and walleye actually follow whites all summer and eat the food they miss. If you ever see a mid summer white bass bust on the surface of the lake remember that the walleye/catfish and bigger whites are under them getting the baitfish that get stung and sink to the bottom.
I like to
throw blade bait for walleye. Nothing covers water more quickly on an
expansive flat. The flash that they give off will attract many species of
fish. I have hooked big musky and large mouth and even catfish on this bait. I
use a bait that is only available at Mike’s Tackle in
Flats are the number one spot to fish in June but once we get into July the fish move a little deeper and back off to the river channels. For me this is no time to slow down. The white bass fishing is at its all time peak. I love to fish the river ledges and we flat catch the whites. I have had many trips with over a hundred before lunch.
I use two rigs for this a drop shot rig with a half-ounce weight on bottom and a small loop knot tied a foot above it and a short shank live bait hook tipped with a minnow. We will go through nearly twenty dozen minnows a day. The other rig I use is a quarter ounce jig and a Charlie Brewer Slider grub. It catches a few less fish than the minnows, but, oh I love the bonus buffy's we get. My friends call me the buffy king. They will pull up along side and not ask me how many whites we are getting but instead ask me how many big buffalo. We get those over thirty pounds and on light tackle they are a ball. We fish like this until September then back to the creeks for the white bass / crappie run.
So as you can see I have no time to slow down and I just move with the fish and stay
on them until Christmas. Take a few weeks off then back at it mid February. Ya got
to love it.