Crappie worth fighting low water

March 23, 2013

Crappie anglers from all over Texas look forward to this time of the year to catch some of the best-eating fish there is. Granbury anglers are no different.

The problem this year is getting on the water due to low water conditions.

The wild weather swings and the high winds this past weekend set anglers back a couple of days. But spring is here and the crappie action is on a roll. Crappie fishing has been good on Granbury and we are hoping for another good year. Other close lakes reporting great catches of crappie include Bridgeport and Benbrook.

Crappies are making the trek from the winter deep water holes to the backs of creeks and sloughs for their annual spawn. Numbers of fish will congregate in these shallow areas, but many still at this time will be holding in those deeper holes adjacent to the shallow spawning grounds.

Structure is still key to locating these fish. Boat docks, stickups, reed beds and anything in the water that they can relate to is a good choice. Crappies will also move in and out of creeks at times.

Catching these fish as they move in and out of a creek is a strategy used by many anglers. The crappies will move in the backs of sloughs if there is enough water. The warmer the water gets the shallower the fish will be.

Probably the best-known method for catching crappie is a long pole with a bobber and a small minnow worked in the shallows or worked through stickups down the bank. This is extremely effective for catching these fish when they are shallow.

Artificial baits are common and are typically small jigs or small roadrunners worked slow through these areas. A favorite of many is a small tube jig under a bobber worked between stickups.

Not much action is required to draw a strike, but moving and placing the jig up and down in small openings in the shallows where fish may be holding is the normal procedure.

So where do you catch crappie on Granbury? There are places all over the lake, but some of the places I have caught them include the main entrance to deCordova subdivision near the boat docks, Lambert Branch Creek, Indian Harbor, the Granbury Marina, in the river by Tin Top and at Horse Shoe Bend (if you can get there).

Any location where you have some shallow and standing reeds or stickups can be a good choice for catching these tasty species.

Fishing equipment needed to catch crappie is fairly simple. Most folks who fish use long limber poles with a small crappie reel. A 10-foot bamboo pole with a small piece of line, a bobber and a small minnow hook is all that is required.

You really don’t need anything special, though I recommend using light line (4-to-8-pound test), which will ensure you get more bites.

Another option is to just tie on some light line leader material to any outfit you currently have and you can catch fish.

When crappies bite, it may be real subtle. Sometimes a drifting bobber just pausing will indicate a fish is on.

The point here is to pay close attention to your float or rod tip. Small sensitive floats can be an advantage to detect those “soft” bites.

When you do locate them there usually will be many. The daily limit per person is 25 crappies with a 10-inch minimum length. This is a liberal limit for these tasty critters.

Granbury crappie fishing has not been better


Water temperatures on Granbury have been swinging some, but the main lake is in the low 60s and rising, but they may fall some again as I hear we will have another cool snap.

Sand bass and black bass catches have been good. The black bass fishing has been excellent, and many anglers are taking advantage of this action while they can.

Squaw Creek black bass continues to be good to excellent on soft plastics. Water temperatures are in the 70s but vary greatly from one side to the other on this power plant lake.

The hybrid striper action is going spring time crazy on Lewisville, Ray Hubbard, Proctor and Benbrook. Sand bass on all of these bodies of water are also good on jigs and slabs.

Full-blooded striper fishing on Possum Kingdom is good to 18 pounds on rattle traps and swim baits down by the dam. Whitney sand bass are good on the main lake.

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