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Click to enlarge“What to Do When a Cold Front Hits Your Crappie Lake”

My Favorite Six-Pack

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kent Driscoll of Cordova, Tennessee, a professional tournament crappie fisherman, has been fishing for crappie for over 30 years and really enjoys fishing all over, but particularly Click to enlargeGrenada Lake in north-central Mississippi. Regardless of the weather and the water conditions, he has to be ready to fish on tournament day. In late March when Driscoll and I fished together, the temperatures had plunged from the 70s to the 30s, and the water level on the lake rose 10 feet. If you fish for crappie in the spring, sooner or later, this will happen to you. Here’s how Driscoll solves this problem.

When the region I’m fishing has had a lot of cold rain, and the lake is muddy, I look for clear water. Crappie can see your bait better in clear water than they can in cloudy water. When crappie can see the bait better, they’ll chase the bait further than they will if they can’t see the bait. In many of the Click to enlargereservoirs I fish in March and April, you may only have 2 to 3 inches of visibility. But, when you go into the creeks, the bays and the coves, and they contain clear water, the fish may have 12 to 18 inches of visibility. Since the crappie can see the jig further, they’ll come out of the cover and eat it.

My favorite colors of Spike-It jigs are what I call a Grenada Lake 6-pack, which is chartreuse, chartreuse-and-black, chartreuse-and-red, chartreuse-and-orange, chartreuse-and-lime, and pink-and-white. Chartreuse is usually my best color for crappie at Grenada Lake, but on some days, a white or a glow-type jig will catch the fish. I keep changing jigs and the speed at which I fish until I determine how fast the crappie want the Click to enlargejig to move, and what color of jig they prefer on that day. Then I’ll change all my poles out to fish that color. I really like the Spike-It jigs because they have the Diamond Flash, which has holographic colors impregnated in the plastic. There’s a ton of flashes to these holographic jigs. The more flash in the jig or the jig skirt, the more crappie you’ll catch. On most lakes, I’ll fish 8-pound-test Mossy Oak Fishing Line, but on Grenada Lake, because it’s such a muddy lake, I fish 10-pound-test Mossy Oak Fishing Line. This lake also has plenty of 2- to 3-pound crappie, and I need that heavier line to get those fish out of the cover and into the boat.

Tomorrow: “Trolling For Crappie”

Check back each day this week for more about “What to Do When a Cold Front Hits Your Crappie Lake”

Day 1: Scouting for Crappie in Cold Weather
Day 2: Wading for Cold-Weather Crappie
Day 3: My Favorite Six-Pack
Day 4: Trolling for Crappie
Day 5: Big Crappie on Grenada Lake



Entry 346, Day 3