This has been a bad year for catching fish. The weekend have had cold fronts move in with high wind and rain. Lake Hodgson had a hard time getting warm enough for the Crappie to get the urge to spawn. So what happens in NE Ohio, the temperature goes to 90 degrees. We skipped the gradual warm up. The change caused the water to warm and the crappies were drawn to shore. I stopped at Don's Bait shop for minnows and headed to the lake. It was Walmart youth day at the lake but I was on the water before the 250 kids got there. I'm fishing outside the weed bed and these kids were sitting in the weed bed.
The minnows I use are shown here with a special treat in the bucket. The regular minnow on top is ready to spawn. This is the size I like to use to catch Crappie. A Stickleback Minnow on the bottom is a fish that lives in the stream under rocks and has a ridge of spikes along it's back for protection. Sometimes I get one or two in my purchase and usually don't even use them. Crappie don't usually hit them. Crappie seem to prefer a whiter minnow verses a darker minnow. I used this Stickleback Minnow at the end and caught two Crappie on it.
The real story is this years school of Crappie ranging from 7" to 10" were being very co-operative. I caught 50 crappie on Saturday. This gave me two quarts of fillets for the freezer.
Sunday was just as productive with 50 Crappies with more in the 10" range. The are mostly Black Crappies with a few White Crappie thrown in.
All in all about 6 hours of fishing and 2 hours of filleting and a gallon of Crappie make for a good weekend of fishing. The action never stopped and I ran out of minnows.