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Lake: Grapevine Lake

Crappie fishing

Post By: starchman      Posted: 4/12/2011 3:29:28 PM     Points: 6    
I live in Hurst and I was wondering where the best lake for good crappie fishing is. I don't have a boat and wonder if there are any places to catch crappie from the bank. Also does anyone know if the spawn has started or not? Thanks
 Reply by: IceFishingFool      Posted: 4/13/2011 8:20:28 AM     Points: 8544    
I sure home more of you Texas guys find this forum, Would think they are in the swing of things about now. Give it a shot and post how you do. Its a little cooler up here in Denver and I started having croppies hit.
 Reply by: sunman      Posted: 4/13/2011 8:34:31 PM     Points: 83    
So come on, FishExplorer mods/admin help this guy out. You come to Texas, you better be willing to earn members.
 Reply by: rdm      Posted: 4/14/2011 9:06:51 AM     Points: 5470    
Looks like some good places to fish for crappie near Hurst are:
Lake Arlington near the mouth of the power plant release off Quail. TPWD also says find any underwater structures.

For Grapevine Lake focus on Twin Coves and the rocky shoreline around this area are good for catfish and crappie (according to TPWD) You can get to Twin Coves from Cross Timbers Road (FM 1187) take Old Settlers Road south to McKamy Road, McKamy west to Simmons Road, Simmons north to Wichita Trail, Wichita west to Twin Coves Park road, south on park road to ramp.

Any locals who can tell whether they're spawning?
 Reply by: TxCatfishGuide      Posted: 4/14/2011 5:17:08 PM     Points: 315    
Starchman,

Hello! I grew up in Hurst and am a LD Bell Alumni, but don't get around those parts much any more.

I am not a crappie fisherman and don't claim to be either but my partner is one of the best crappie fishermen I have ever seen.

The crappie run happened early this year around Fort Worth so your probably a bit late for that.

As far as bank fishing for crappie around Hurst I can't tell you where they are right now or if they are still in shallow water but you can certainly check the areas already outlined and you might consider Indian Creek at Eagle Mountain Lake, or some of the areas around Lake Lewisville.

There are also crappie barges at Lewisville and Lake Weatherford. DO a google search and give them a shout and they should be able to tell you if they are biting there or not. They are usually pretty helpful. I know they do well in the barges in late winter and early spring but not sure about right now.

If you are not dead set on crappie fishing, you should take a look at the white bass and catfish because they are both shallow right now and can easily be caught from the shore.

Hope this at least points you in the right direction.

Chad Ferguson
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 Reply by: starchman      Posted: 4/25/2011 2:46:51 PM     Points: 6    
Thanks a lot for all your responses. Just sick that we missed the early spawn but maybe we can catch some a little deeper in my buddy's boat. We did catch some sand bass schooling out at Grapevine last Thurs. a few pretty good ones.
 Reply by: Tim Fishman Emery      Posted: 4/25/2011 4:26:08 PM     Points: 1087    
Hey, Starch,
Glad to hear you caught some fish. Did you put a conditions report in about Grapevine. I know people are wondering what is going on at that lake.
Thanks,
Tim