North Texas water temperatures are rising slow this year, and the crappie will be making a late transition to the shallows for their spawning effort.
In our area waters we have two species of crappie, namely the black and white crappie. Black crappie can get a bit larger than the white counterparts.
Crappie limits in Texas are 25 per day, and they have to be a minimum of 10 inches.
Crappies tend to relate to shade and structure and they prefer little or no current. In the spring these fish will move into real shallow water to spawn.
A couple of really well-known crappie lakes include Lake Lewisville, Benbrook and Lake Fork. Some of the bigger crappie catches have been reported in these bodies of water.
Probably the best-known bait for spring crappie in the shallows is a small minnow fished under a cork. The best-known artificial bait for crappie is a multitude of small jigs.
Spring crappie can be spooked in the shallows. Be careful approaching the area you are going to fish and let your bait sit for a little while.
Crappie bites can be hard to detect at times, depending on the size of the fish. Use a small float, which will sense even the smallest of movement.
With many of our lakes extremely low, spawning locations differ. Look for shallow flats with some structure (weeds, stick ups etc.) and you will find these tasty devils.
HOOD COUNTY FISHING REPORT
Winter patterns are quickly changing to spring patterns, depending on when you fish. Crappie continue to be caught by the 377 bridge. Catfish are also good near channel ledges, and near the 377 bridge as well.
Black bass anglers are reporting some good catches on soft plastics near creek entrances. Sand bass action has been reported as hit-and-miss.
Squaw Creek black bass action continues to be good on soft plastics (worms and centipedes) worked near spawning beds. This power plant lake’s warmer water is also producing some good catches of catfish on prepared baits.
Other lakes reporting include Lewisville, Bridgeport and Possum Kingdom. Lewisville hybrids and sand bass are good under the birds.
Bridgeport is extremely low. However, some good hybrid and sand bass catches are around mid-lake. Crappie fishing in the river above Bridgeport is good.
Possum Kingdom sand bass and small stripers are good near the Peanut Patch and in Cedar Creek.
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