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Lake: North Sterling Reservoir

Crappy Bite

Post By: Buho      Posted: 5/1/2020 6:45:10 PM     Points: 108    
I am new to this area and this will be my first season chasing crappies. I would appreciate if someone can provide me with information about what months are best to chase them. I am planning to hit the three lakes in the area this season. Thanks in advance and stay safe!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: May. 1, 6:57:08 PM     Points: 8170    
Welcome to Fish Explorer.I'm not trying to be a jerk,but Crappie are few and far between.North Sterling has Crappie and you can catch them,but the only way your going to get them is to go do your homework on the water.
BTW . . .it is spelled Crappie . . . .you want a crappy bite . . .go fish downstream from Denver waste water.
 Reply by: Buho      Posted: May. 1, 8:26:28 PM     Points: 108    
Lol I didnít even realized my spelling was wrong!! Thanks!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: May. 1, 9:09:25 PM     Points: 8170    
There are better places to look for Crappie . . .are you set on northern CO?
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: May. 1, 9:53:43 PM     Points: 12763    
You will find them eventually. Crappies are everywhere. They do better in some lakes then others. Sterling and jumbo both hold good numbers. Prewitt and Jackson have them too. John Martin down south is loaded too as most report. Jackson and prewitt were stocked with wipers a few years back. They are starting to get to size this year. See more of them then crappies this year. The walleye bite is hot most places. Better go get while it lasts.
 Reply by: Buho      Posted: May. 1, 10:07:53 PM     Points: 108    
Not really, but the north I-76 area is close to me. I spend most my summers at Jackson and I do very well chasing wipers and walleye. This season I want to chase crappies for the first time and i donít want to go to far. Iíve been hearing good things about Sterling and Jumbo that is why I want to know a little more about the area.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: May. 2, 7:51:27 AM     Points: 57130    
I fished Jimbo yesterday for a few hours in multiple different locations and didn't pick up any crappie which is kind of rare. As far as Sterling there are crappie in there and I've caught them all over the lake nowhere specific. I too am trying to put together some sort of a pattern.
 Reply by: fabfisher      Posted: May. 2, 11:07:01 PM     Points: 7    
Thanks for most of you being kind and sharing your info . I think the crappie bite is a little early yet. I think we have wait till water temps are about 60 degrees are maybe 62 . . Not totally sure but Sterling and Jumbo are good for crappie.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: May. 3, 9:26:10 PM     Points: 413    
Crappie are truly my nemesis and no matter what I try I can't come up with a pattern that works. I have been lucky when I catch some. I know that they like rocks and brush piles and even some tree structure before spawn and really love that 58 to 62 degree water temp. Blue Heron is a decent crappie lake in St. Vrain State park.

Good luck.
 Reply by: mjo      Posted: May. 4, 6:25:54 AM     Points: 74    
I've been fishing a hot crappie bite last few days. Can't hardly keep them off. Nice ones too. Water temps have crept from 59 to almost 62. Here's a decent male.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: May. 9, 10:24:37 AM     Points: 413    
Beautiful crappie MJO. Thanks for sharing. I have done well last couple of days my self. I used a 2 inch paddle tail in green and white and also caught some on a 4 inch swimbait which is just odd to me. I'm learning they are not always in structure when caught.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: May. 9, 11:20:30 AM     Points: 811    
mjo, NE or south? Bite has definitely been better South (for me anyways) fished Prewitt yesterday, not a single crappie. Got a perch though -)
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: May. 9, 1:16:39 PM     Points: 1871    
I caught some up to 14" yesterday, full of eggs so not sure keeping them right now is a good idea. I think it is great that the reg's are 10" minimum in many places, I think that helps the population stay higher and quality better.

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