Crappie Report

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September 9th, 2009

The crappie are slowly starting their transition to fall patterns. However, it could take several more weeks before really large schools are found in open water. For now night fishing under lights is still the best bet.

Roosevelt: I have heard several reports of really good numbers being caught at night. Several anglers have caught between 40 and 100 on the Salt River end. Most fish are in the 1 ½ to 2 pound range with a few monster slabs mixed in. The best baits are minnows under a bobber, Slab Daddy jigs with Yum shad spray and 2” Kalin jigs in black/ blue/ chartreuse and John Deere green. Look for the fish at about 10 to 12 feet deep over 25 to 40 feet of water. Remember to fish as light as you can. Light line, rods and baits will help you feel even the slightest bites.

Alamo: Seems to have shut down, at least for now. I haven’t heard one good report in weeks. But Alamo is a great lakes for big Crappie so don’t give up on it. I have had some of my best fishing trip through the years there in October, November and on through the winter.

San Carlos: Well, it’s not much more than a mud puddle right now, I believe the lake is at 4%. That makes it very tough to launch a boat and some what dangerous to navigate as there are no markers on the lake. The Crappie should be thick up around the damn area in about 25 feet of water but be extra careful.
Bartlett: Several anglers have tried trolling during the day with little success. They’re mostly catching small bass with a few Crappies here and there. The Arizona Crappie Association (AZCA) and Game & Fish hope to do some netting surveys at Bartlett this fall. Hopefully this will help us figure out what has happened to the Crappie population and what needs to happen to stimulate it’s growth.

Pleasant: No reports.

This is typical for this time of the year. I would say that within a month the Crappie will have moved out into open and schooled up. That will make it easy to find them using some basic trolling techniques. I plan to go to Roosevelt on Thursday 9-3 to do some scouting/ trolling and hope to have good news to report.

The next meeting of the AZCA will be at the Windy Hill Amphitheatre, Roosevelt Lake on Saturday, September 12th. This meeting is open only to registered members of the Bass Zone. Joining the Bass Zone is easy and it’s free. For more info go to http://www.azbasszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=86660. If you need any help or want to share some info, come see me at Bass Pro Shops or send me a message on www.azbasszone.com. My user name on the site is “Piscolli”.

Bill (Piscolli) Eveland
BPS/ AZCA

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