I have fished several days this year. The Crappie Fishing Report is based on my fishing and conversations I have had with other fisherman on the lake.
Crappie Fishing Report Lake O’ the Pines
It has been a crazy Crappie spawn this spring. Normally the spawn would be almost over by now, but I cleaned several Crappie on 4/14/21 and every female still had eggs in them. One had discharged most of her eggs, but the rest had not spawned.
I am catching fish under the Alley Creek bridge and the Johnson Creek bridge. The fish are 10 to 12 feet down and are biting a chartreuse Roadrunner with a Bobby Garland Baby Shad. I have also caught a few fish on Corps of Engineers artificial brush piles on the north side of the lake. I have received several reports that Crappie are being caught on timber at the 10 foot level in 30 feet of water. Livescope or Active Target makes it much easier to find these fish on timber. Other fisherman have reported that Crappie are excellent on minnows near shallow brush, fallen timber, and creeks.
For the next few months I am going to concentrate on fishing the bridge columns and the brush piles. The Crappie will be hungry post spawn and should be easily found in these locations. If you have Livescope or Active Target you might try the standing timber on the south side of the lake.
Bass Fishing Report Lake O’ the Pines
There has been one or two bass tournaments every weekend since lake March. Most fisherman are catching bass along the shore near cover like fallen trees, rocks and boat docks. Bass fishing is excellent right now. TPWD is reporting Largemouth bass are excellent on soft plastics, square billed crankbaits, jigs, topwater, and frogs in shallow water.
Catfish Fishing Report Lake O’ the Pines
If you can’t catch Catfish anywhere on the lake, something is wrong with you. Throw out some range cubes or floating catfish food and get some works and you will catch fish. My neighbor is catch several every night this way. TPWD is reporting Catfish are good with cut bait, chicken liver, or punch bait.
It has rained a lot and is forecast on and off for the next 7 days.
The water temperature is 65 to 68 according to my fish finder on 4/21/21. I have a thermometer in the water at my dock on Johnson Creek.
The water clarity is stained.
The water level is 229.04, Normal seasonal elevation is 230.00.
The water release rate is 537 cubic feet per second.
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