It’s beginning to look a lot like…well, crappie.
The past week or so, quite a few crappie have been caught in the channels at Lake D’Arbonne. They are scattered. Some days you can catch a mess. Some days you can’t. There have been some pretty good ones caught, too, up in the pound and a half range. The big slabs either aren’t biting or haven’t been located yet for most anglers. The good news is there are lot of 3-4 inchers biting and hopefully, being thrown back. That means there was a good spawn and another crop of crappie coming on.
But the winter bite has started. Don’t be surprised if this week’s weather doesn’t slow it down the bite a bit, but you don’t know unless you try. Bring your patience (and rain suit?). Fishing isn’t fast by any means and those that are catching a good mess are spending the best part of a day.
There are also a lot of boats in the channel. Most folks are pretty courteous, but you run into an occasional fisherman who doesn’t mind trolling over and fishing right in the same spot you are on if you catch a
good one. It’s okay if it’s a friend or you are invited. If not, well, you have to look at yourself in the mirror in the morning. It’s just a fish. Also, even though it’s an inconvenience to an occasional impatient boater to slow down and idle at no wake through the many boats, it is the right thing to do. Plus, legally you are responsible for your wake and there is a law against public endangerment. Driving a big rig 50 miles per hour weaving in and out of other boats sounds like endangerment to me.
Enough rant. I was fortunate enough to take advantage of some of the good fishing at the end of last week with Sam Roberson, Crappie Seeker ( http://www.seekersofmen.com/ ) and fished along with Mike Vallentine, President of Crappie Masters ( http://www.crappiemasters.net/home/ ), and his Lake D’Arbonne guide, James Morgan. James and I used to work together, or as he says, he actually worked and I “just had a job“… Sounds like fishing smack talk to me. And by the way, I don’t know how James catches so many fish. He doesn’t even have a website (I’ll pay for that one). But he is on Facebook.
We had a great day, caught plenty of fish and even took time to go pull up to the dock and eat a “Slab” burger at the D’Arbonne Diner at noon.
It was a good day fishing, which is better than a bad day fishing, which is better than a good day at work, or just a day showing up at your “job”….