As of December 13, 2017 the Lake O’ the Pines is 50 to 53 degrees and slightly stained. The lake is down 5.34 feet. There has been approximately 1 inch of rain in the last 15 days. All boat ramps are reported open.
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Crappie Fishing Report
The Crappie are on the bite. On December 6th I caught 23 crappie from 11 inches to 14 inches. All of these fish were caught in 14 feet of water on structure and around the bridges. I was using strictly jigs. I was using Roadrunner 1/8 ounce chartreuse or red heads and Bonehead 2 3/8 Silver Shad Slim Sticks. The Crappie were hitting them hard and it was an excellent day of fishing. I love the Bonehead Slim Sticks because they are made of a harder plastic and last much longer than the other brands. I literally caught 17 Crappie on one Jig head and body, that is how tough they are.
Other fisherman reported catching quite a few Crappie on the flats in 25 feet of water about 18 to 20 feet down on minnows. Others were catching in 25 feet of water off the main points of the lake. I did see a few boats in the deeper water where the Crappie congregate in the winter. Once the water temperature drops in the low 50’s to high 40’s, this is were the crappie will be until the lake warms up in the spring. In December, January and February TPW requires you keep all crappie you catch regardless of size.
Bass Fishing Report
The Bass bite is fair. Most are being caught on Shaky Headed Worms, Crank Baits (lipless) and jigs with blades. During the winter months the shakeyheaded worms work fairly well when fished slow. I did catch a bass on my Crappie Jig in 14 feet of water. Most bass fisherman are fishing points so they can work the lure through different depths to find where the bass are. I saw some fisherman catching bass around the road bridge embankments and on submerged road beds and bridges.
Catfish Fishing Report
I have heard nothing from any fisherman but I have seen a lot of jug lines in the Johnson Creek area, some with fish on. There are a lot of trot lines on the weekend and TPW is reporting a fair bite on them.