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Lake: Crawford Reservoir
Fish: Black Crappie

Good early crappie bite at Crawford

Post By: Digginjiggin      Posted: 1/13/2018 4:59:37 PM     Points: 231    
Dave and Jeremy and I meet up with a hundred or so of the Saturday Crawford Crew this morning. Swampy13 was already there, he fished west of us and already had 19 of his 20 limit by 8:00 when the good bite died with the suns arrival. I had 14 by then. Dave caught 8 during the day and Jeremy 5. It took me till almost noon to finish my limit. Swampy and a Dave each caught some dink perch afterward while I went into Slimer Mode. Swampy caught a few keeper perch. Total body count for the 3 of us was 33 crappie, 20 perch, a dozen slimers and 3 small throwback lmbass. Crappie depth was 25 to 35’ and best jig colors were green and white. Lefty and his wife fished east of us and caught several early and left about nine. Overall a real nice day for the fish taco bowl tomorrow.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Jan. 13, 5:11:37 PM     Points: 231    
The size was up a little from last year, these were mine and Jeremys’, they went from 7” to 10”.
 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: Jan. 13, 5:21:51 PM     Points: 1075    
Good report. The wife and I went down towards the bathroom for her to use and fished out there for a while and then left. We did catch a mess of fish before we left the dam area. I think I will wait until the middle of the week before I go there again. The word is out now and there were a ton of people out there. I went and drilled some holes for one group of guys whose auger wouldn't start and was leaking gas badly.
 Reply by: Swampy13      Posted: Jan. 13, 5:30:44 PM     Points: 14    
I'd pretty much agree that the word got out. 18 trucks parked at the peninsula and a dozen at the dam. Too bad most of them showed up too late. Was definitely an early bite today. 20 crappie, 14 perch (3 keepers), one slimmer (it was about 14 so maybe it wasn't a slimmer) and one LMB. Notice how Jerry buried his slimmer count into the grand total? LOL
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: Jan. 13, 6:49:06 PM     Points: 101    
Nice job! I would like to see the Largemouth Fishing improve size wise there in the open water season!
 Reply by: jer_      Posted: Jan. 13, 8:38:59 PM     Points: 15    
Well Jerry you were the slimer king, but you also got the most crappie. I just feel bad calling you a crappy slimer king! Good fishing with you guys.
 Reply by: TSS2015      Posted: Jan. 13, 10:08:27 PM     Points: 70    
kind of dumb question. Can you night fish crawford? i checked the lake page but didnt see any park hours listed..
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: Jan. 14, 2:44:06 AM     Points: 374    
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TSS, try this link, not sure if it will help answer your questions
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Jan. 14, 8:23:15 AM     Points: 626    
Good stuff man! Looks like some good eats
 Reply by: walleyeorbust      Posted: Jan. 14, 11:36:45 AM     Points: 813    
You can night fish, I’d did last year a couple nights and had one uneventful night and a couple awesome night. The best part was I caught only perch crappie and cats not a single slimmer those outings.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Jan. 14, 1:54:44 PM     Points: 4196    
Looks like a great time. Need to get out this spring and jig them up.
 Reply by: TSS2015      Posted: Jan. 16, 8:20:08 AM     Points: 70    
Thanks for the info guys. Definitely going to look into a night trip
 Reply by: CoachK      Posted: Jan. 16, 9:35:28 AM     Points: 140    
Diggn has always been the slimer king of Crawford ice fishing! Glad to see somethings never change.

How as the size of the crappie compared to past years?
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Jan. 16, 4:43:53 PM     Points: 231    
Last year we had to catch 50 crappie to get our 7” to 10” keepers, this year they were an inch to two inches bigger and we didn’t get anything smaller than 7” and not many of them. Mostly 8 to 9” with about six ten inchers.

BTW, I continue to use your favorite jig there, which YOU know is a slimmer magnet, Lol. Gonna get there in the middle of the night next time. But now that Iola is fishable I gotta try there for a laker next time out. You oughta come over!

 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: Jan. 16, 6:32:02 PM     Points: 1075    
Diggin, Iola has fish-able ice? I thought it just iced over the other day?
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Jan. 16, 6:55:48 PM     Points: 231    
My co-worker and 3 others fished it Saturday. She said 4” west of the boat ramp but thin ice by the buoys. But they mostly caught slimmers.

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