Thunderbird Crappie
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Posted on Thursday Apr 24, 2014 at 8:19 PM  
Kurt, I was wondering what the crappie situation is out at Thunderbird right now. Fishing repts say 3-5' on structure,  just wondering if they have moved up closer to the shoreline. Have you been out there or heard any good things? We are trying to decide where to go this Saturday. Crappie or Konowa Bass.
Posted on Saturday Apr 26, 2014 at 8:17 PM  
Well Konowa won out due to the fishing rept. We caught dozen or so up in the cat tails on senko's. Not bad for a windy Saturday, however, if those crappie are anywhere to be seen out at T=Bird please let me know. I'd like to fill up the ice chest next week end.
Posted on Monday Apr 28, 2014 at 8:05 AM  
BBB, I spent a little time at T-Bird on Friday and caught maybe 8 or 10 crappie shallow.  Water temps were still a touch too cold (63-65 degrees) for the prime fishing though.  By this coming weekend it should be about peaking. 
Posted on Saturday May 3, 2014 at 5:43 PM  
Any specific area of the "shallows"? 

Our Church is planning on going to the Little Axe area on May 17th. 
We live in Hope... Wade
Posted on Monday May 5, 2014 at 10:37 AM  
I was out there Saturday and tried every "shallow" spot where I have caught crappie before NO LUCK. We ended up with three in the boat that got tossed back. Some folks were catching them in 12'-14' using minnows but our crappie jigs were useless. I think that cold week last week must have pushed them back deeper. I bet after the heat wave this week, it will coax them up closer to the bank.
Posted on Tuesday May 6, 2014 at 8:49 AM  
Guys, I spent an hour or so out at T-bird yesterday and caught crappie non-stop in shallow water.  I was around the sailboat club area.  They are getting it on right now.  If you have time this week, get out there.  All my fish were caught around chunk rock mixed with gravel in 2-3 feet of water.  I used 1/8oz jigs with a variety of grub tails and tube tails...color did not matter.

As far as the Little Axe area, just look for rock and gravel and you should find fish.  I have caught crappie in years past along the shore where the old road bed meets the bank in the Little Axe area on that side of the dam.  But all you really need is to find a mix of rock and gravel in about 2-3 feet of water.
Posted on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM  
I sent my buddy out there last night and he fished by the emergency overflow on the North side of the dam.
He caught a keeper right off the bat, but then had nicked and dimed a couple of sunfish and bass.
Of course he had to manage his 7 year old daughter.
If anyone doesn't mind letting us know if they get into the crappie again, I sure would like to let him and his girls in on the hot action.
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