Fishermen are hunting for keeper crappies but continuous rain and muddy water has shut things down. The ground is saturated, and any rain causes the feeder creeks to run. An unusual amount of silt and debris has washed into the lake. Boaters should run with caution.
According to Grand Lake Bait and Tackle, fishing activity should pick up as the weather stabilizes and the water cleans up. Early April fishing produced large crappies signaling a good spring. Good starting points for bank fishermen 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. Other structure such as dock posts and lifts produce fish. 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. Minnows can be effective in muddier water.
The May Catmaster tournament produced a winning 6-fish limit of 47.98 pounds. The big fish was 17.32 pounds. A 15 pound plus fish was also weighed in. Fishermen had to deal with cold temperatures and a northeast wind making fishing difficult. Bass fishermen are also having some success but weather has made fishing difficult. The winning weight in the recent FLW tournament was a five-fish limit of 13.4 pounds.
Photo: Scott Manson of Covington won the recent FLW tournament.