The colder temperatures over the weekend slowed fishing down a bit but anglers are finding ways to catch crappies which are in the spawning cycle as this article is being written. For several days the males have been preparing the beds with the females in the deeper water. During the next several days, anglers will be catching crappies in shallow areas. Anglers fishing from their docks and piers will be catching more in the coming days.
Little River is still producing good stringers of 15 to 60 keepers per boat, depending on who you ask on which day. Saturday the best stringer of keepers we saw on Little River had 44 nice crappies. The Mud Creek and Godfrey Island area are producing good stringers from the shallow areas along with the Lower Lake area. The Crappie Tournament held on the lake Saturday had a winning stringer of 7 fish weighing in at 8.65 pounds. Many of the anglers in the tournament fished the Mud Creek and Godfrey Island areas.
Bass fishing is exciting with anglers bringing in some nice bass. The winning stringer of 5 fish on Saturday topped the scales at more than 19 pounds. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and worms are the baits used to bring in the big stringers. Many anglers had success in the Bay Springs area while the Cowan Creek and the upper Coosa River area produced nice stringers of heavy fish.
Today, the lake level is just a quarter of a foot from the full pool mark which gives anglers plenty of area to fish.
The surface temp had reached 67 in some areas before the cold snap over the weekend but had retreated to 62-64 with cold front passing through. We will continue to see a slow increase in temperature with another couple of nights in the mid 40’s before the warmer nights return by end week.
The daily creel limits are: Crappie-30, Bass-10.
Minimum size limit on Crappie is 10 inches.