Open water arrived by March 15 and fishermen were hunting for and catching keeper crappies. Currently the water is high and muddy, but conditions should improve daily with warmer temperatures predicted for the weekend. The ground is saturated, and any rain can cause the feeder creeks to run. Unsettled weather can create problems for the bite.
According to Grand Lake Bait and Tackle, fishing activity has been steady and should continue to pick up. Occasional open water in February produced large crappies signaling a good spring. Both morning and evening are good times to fish. Depending on wind conditions and weather changes, fish have also hit midday. Some limit catches of big crappies have been reported. As usual, the bite can change with unsettled spring weather. Good starting points are the popular crappie areas such as Anderson’s, East Bank Marina, Harman’s, and Windy Point. Boat fishermen are finding fish at the edge of cover. Most fishermen are using small jigs tipped with small plastic tails. Chartreuse and black is a good starting color. Wax worms and spikes are sometimes added to the combination.
The first Catmaster tournament produced a winning 6-fish limit of 37 plus pounds. Numerous big fish were weighed in including three ten-pounders. Cut shad is the bait of choice.