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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: 289    
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: 1/13/2018 5:11:37 PM     Points: 289    
The size was up a little from last year, these were mine and Jeremys’, they went from 7” to 10”.
 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: 1/13/2018 5:21:51 PM     Points: 1190    
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: 1/13/2018 5:30:44 PM     Points: 598    
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: 1/13/2018 6:49:06 PM     Points: 197    
Nice job! I would like to see the Largemouth Fishing improve size wise there in the open water season!
 Reply by: jer_      Posted: 1/13/2018 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: 1/13/2018 10:08:27 PM     Points: 75    
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: 1/14/2018 2:44:06 AM     Points: 387    
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TSS, try this link, not sure if it will help answer your questions
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 1/14/2018 8:23:15 AM     Points: 628    
Good stuff man! Looks like some good eats
 Reply by: walleyeorbust      Posted: 1/14/2018 11:36:45 AM     Points: 823    
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: 1/14/2018 1:54:44 PM     Points: 8732    
Looks like a great time. Need to get out this spring and jig them up.
 Reply by: TSS2015      Posted: 1/16/2018 8:20:08 AM     Points: 75    
Thanks for the info guys. Definitely going to look into a night trip
 Reply by: CoachK      Posted: 1/16/2018 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: 1/16/2018 4:43:53 PM     Points: 289    
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: 1/16/2018 6:32:02 PM     Points: 1190    
Diggin, Iola has fish-able ice? I thought it just iced over the other day?
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 1/16/2018 6:55:48 PM     Points: 289    
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.
 Reply by: walleyeorbust      Posted: 1/23/2018 8:39:39 PM     Points: 823    
Tss2015 did you ever try you night trip. Doc says I can’t sleep tonight so figure what better way to stay awake than to go sit on the ice most of the night. so has anyone tried and if so what was your success.
 Reply by: Huntfishman      Posted: 1/24/2018 5:43:44 AM     Points: 98    
I've had success the first 2 hrs after sunset a couple of times with glow jigs and waxies. They hit it as soon it gets to the school. A fish finder and a good headlamp sure helps too. If you try it I'd be interested how you do. Good luck.
 Reply by: elkbuglin_babe      Posted: 1/25/2018 8:50:14 AM     Points: 3    
Ok. I know this is going to sound silly coming from a Colorado native but what are you calling “slimers”? We have fished Crawford many times in years past. I know rainbows and carp are slimy critters. I saw ice update for several days ago. What’s ice like now?
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 1/25/2018 8:55:03 AM     Points: 628    
Slimer would be a small stocker rainbow
 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: 1/25/2018 12:55:41 PM     Points: 1190    
elkbuglin_babe, I was out there today and froze my behind off for 2 hours. Caught 14 Slimmers and 3 crappie and 1 Perch. 8-9 " of ice. Not bad for 2 hours of fun.
 Reply by: elkbuglin_babe      Posted: 1/25/2018 10:04:55 PM     Points: 3    
Thanks guys! Depending on how much it snows and whether hubby is stuck in town plowing we are going to try and make it down Saturday. What are the crappie hitting if you don’t mind sharing.
 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: 1/26/2018 4:27:10 AM     Points: 1190    
I have used Meal worms and Shrimp when catching crappie.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 1/26/2018 10:09:54 AM     Points: 289    
We have done the best with wax worms to this point. In February I usually go down to a 3mm glow tungsten jig (color depends on the day) with two spikes on 2# fluoro below a high quality ball bearing swivel. Like the title of the thread says, early. The best bite is before 7 and after 4. Most folks that struggle have too big of a jig, no swivel, too heavy line or too heavy action rod tip. A noodle rod or spring bobber makes all the difference.
 Reply by: Swampy13      Posted: 1/26/2018 11:23:59 AM     Points: 598    
Ditto on what Diggin said. And if you are getting a lot of lookers and few takers, then try one not tipped with bait. Remember, crappie tend to feed up so if your line goes limp, then set the hook.
 Reply by: TSS2015      Posted: 1/26/2018 8:56:03 PM     Points: 75    
WOB, i havent tried it yet. I live in aurora so whenever i do im going to try to make a weekend out of it. Ill let ya know when do decide to try it
 Reply by: walleyeorbust      Posted: 1/26/2018 11:21:23 PM     Points: 823    
TSS I just got done, the night bite is finicky but steady, I managed 20 crappie, 1 cat and one slimer tonight. Everything was small biggest crappie was 9.5. I missed twice as many as I caught between 1800 and 2200 due to light bite. All that said it was awesome to be out and have the lake to my self. Clear crisp and cool.
 Reply by: TSS2015      Posted: 2/11/2018 7:44:56 PM     Points: 75    
Thats sweet glad you had a good night..dont know if ill make it over this season but hopefully this year

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