Crappie fever tried to warm up on Lake D’Arbonne this past weekend. Everybody showed up, including a pretty good mess of crappie. The big annual crappie.com gathering was held out of the State Park and the Crappie Fishermen United of Louisiana held a tournament on D’Arbonne as well.
The crappie bite is getting interesting. Saturday was a good test. It wasn’t bad, but it still wasn’t “hot” by D’Arbonne standards yet, either. Some good fish were being caught, but the numbers aren’t anything to make you go back and get more shiners yet. For the most part, fish are out in the channel, or on the edge of the channel, about 12-16 feet deep in 18-25 feet of water. The folks we are talking about here are some of the top fishermen on the lake and they had to work for them. It isn’t easy, but it was enough to make the grease stink!
About fifty folks showed up for crappie.com event out of the state park. Some members and guests fished Friday and they whole group fished Saturday. They ended the day in proper fashion — with a fish fry!
This was Josh Maxwell’s first year to head up the crappie.com event and he did a great job putting it on. To find out more about crappie.com and their forums and writeups, just go to the website by the same name. It’s a great group of people.
“We had a great, great time,” Josh said. “The bite wasn’t what we hoped but the best thing is we had a lot of visitors and hopefully will pick up some new members from this.
To see some photos of the Friday and Saturday night suppers, go to crappie.com and the Louisiana Forum or try this link: http://www.crappie.com/crappie/louisiana/362455-darbonne-gathering-friday-supper/
D’Arbonne Tournament winners:
Seventeen boats entered the Crappie United event put on by Neal Pace. The top fishermen were Shannon Porter and Trey Underwood with seven fish weighing 10.13. Their big fish was 1.62. Honey Hole pros Jason Thomas and Ken Myers were second with 971 for seven fish and they had big crappie at 1.91.
Lance Bilberry and Heath Rogers were third with 8.85; Tim Elrod and Patrick Matthews fourth with 8.20 and Peyton Hemphill and Matt Satterfield fifth with 7.78.
This group’s next event will be on Caney Lake. See below for more info:
And, just for fun:
Union Parish native Katie Knight must’ve been out on the lake singing her hit song “Lake D’Arbonne”, because she called up a good mess of fish before the Nashville singing artist has to head back north to Music City.
Well, take a look for yourself!