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

Trolling for Crappie

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.

After the cold front, when the water stabilizes, and the weather warms up somewhat, I go to the traditional spawning areas on Click to enlargeGrenada Lake where I love to fish for crappie. After fishing this lake for 20 years, I’ve learned about six spots on the north banks where I know the crappie spawn every year. When I reach these sites, I’ll start fishing away from the bank. The male fish will be up near the bank, but they’re usually the smaller fish. So, I fish the deeper water first to catch the females, which will be the bigger trophy crappie. On Grenada Lake, we can only fish three poles per person. If I have someone fishing with me, we’ll fish six B’n’M poles. We’ll start off slow-trolling these spawning areas out away from the bank with Spike-It jigs. I’ll troll stump fields, the edges of creek channels and even out in open water to find the big females that are full of eggs. On a cloudy day, I’ll be fishing as Click to enlargedeep as 6 to 8 feet, or even down to 9 feet. I cover plenty of water and present the fish with 12-different jigs, so I have a better chance of catching more crappie. Many times instead of using my trolling motor, I’ll troll powered by the wind. I’ve always found the crappie faced into the wind. So, if I’m fishing on a really-windy day, I’ll put a logging chain out behind my boat to slow down the speed at which I troll. The other advantage of letting the wind power the boat instead of the trolling motor is that you reduce the amount of noise the crappie hear before they see the jigs.

Tomorrow: “Big Crappie On Grenada Lake”

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 4