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.
I am going to give 2 Crappie Fishing Reports for Lake O’ the Pines. One for Fisherman who have basic or no fishing electronics, and one for those using Live Scope.
Crappie Fishing Report Lake O’ the Pines
Crappie Fishing Report for Non Livescope Fisherman.
The water temperature is hovering around 49 to 50 degrees. At this temperature the Crappie are staying in 25 to 32 feet of water following the baitfish. The water temperature needs to drop to the mid 40’s to drive the baitfish and ultimately, the Crappie, to the deeper water. There is a lot of water in the 25 to 30 feet of water making it harder to catch a lot of fish. I am fishing in-between Hurricane Creek and Johnson Creek near the deepest part of the lake in 25 to 35 feet of water.
I am catching a few fish each trip using minnows and jigs. I generally go to 25 to 35 feet of water and look for baitfish on my fish finder. You will see them anywhere from 24 to 32 feet of water following the baitfish. I am catching most of the fish on Shiney Hineys (all white) and some on chartreuse jig heads with a Bobby Garland Blue Ice body. I have also caught a few with Cajun Cricket bodies. The best bite corresponds almost exactly with the Solar Lunar Tables. I almost always fish according to the best times listed. I use https://www.usprimetimes.com.
Crappie Fishing Report for Livescope Fisherman.
Most Livescope fisherman are catching fish in the timber just South and West from Johnson Creek. Since the water temperature is still near 50 a lot of the crappie are hanging on the timber and are easy to spot on Livescope. Matt Mavigliano with 3poundfishing.com stayed with me and did an excellent video on catching crappie in the timber using Livescope. He caught quite a few big fish and the video is worth watching.
Remember that you MUST KEEP ALL CRAPPIE REGARDLESS OF SIZE during December, January and February. The limit is 25 per day. Stay tuned for more Lake O’ the Pines Fishing Report.
Bass Fishing Report Lake O’ the Pines
Largemouth bass are fair on mid to deep crankbaits, dark colored jigs, drop shots and spinnerbaits. I have caught a few fishing for Crappie. They are following the baitfish and the bigger bass appear to be shallower than the Crappie.
Catfish Fishing Report Lake O’ the Pines
Catfish are fair with cut bait or punch bait.
It has rained a lot and is forecast on and off for the next 7 days.
The water temperature is 48 to 51. I have a thermometer in the water at my dock on Johnson Creek.
The water clarity is stained.
The water level is 231.21, Normal seasonal elevation is 230.00.
The water release rate is 2725 cubic feet per second.
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