The last two weekends, my wife and I made the three hour journey to Pool 13, to chase slabs. My wife is new to Pool 13, but as you can see, she is catching onto my techniques as though she has done this for many years!
The river is coming up over the past week, and the water temperature is dropping. As the water temperature drops, the crappies are moving off the wing dams and congregating in the shallower water, back in the sloughs. Almost all of our fish are coming off of structure that is located in very little current, in 6′-8′ of water. If you recall from previous reports of mine, I like structure that cannot be seen from the surface.
The most successful method for us has been slow vertical jigging of Northland Gypsi Jigs, and 2" Baby Shad from Bobby Garland. The days have been very bright, so brighter colors are working the best. However, since I like to get on the water at first light, the old standby 1.5" black/white tube has worked the best in low light conditions. We have been using 1/16th ounce heads, but lighter heads will be used as the temperature continues to drop. I like to use Gamakatsu 211 jigs, especially for the Garland plastics. I find the plastics react best with the Gamakatsu heads. Additionally, we are taking most fish with a small minnow attached. I always use 4lb. test line and fish slowly. I tell my wife that no matter how slowly she thinks she is jigging, keep jigging even slower. The slip bobber rigs have produced very little, to date, but that will change pretty soon though.
In addition to the crappies, we are getting a few Flatheads as well. My wife has pulled in so many Sheephead and dogfish, I don’t know whether to bark at her or baah!!! I believe the fishing is only going to get better, as long as you boys up-north don’t get a bunch of rain that brings too much water our way.