Crappie & Bream Fishing

Reports On Lakes, Rivers and Streams => Lake Palestine => Topic started by: MidTex on September 05, 2016, 09:33:50 PM

Title: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: MidTex on September 05, 2016, 09:33:50 PM
I'm new to East Texas and anxious to catch some fish on Palestine. I live on the south end of the lake near the dam/spillway. So far I have had no luck whatsoever catching any crappie. I plan to add some structure under my boathouse to attract fish, but have not done so yet. Any suggestions on how to both attract them to my pier, but also where to find them anywhere on the south end of the lake would be greatly appreciated. I do have a boat and fishfinder/chartplotter so getting out on the lake is not a problem. Thank you very much!

BTW, what in the world is wrong with the catfish right now? I have never seen catfish look so skinny.
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: Jig Man on September 06, 2016, 07:11:03 AM
Can't help you on Palestine, but welcome to TCF...
Someone will bw along shortly to help you out...

 :welcome5
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: SK on September 06, 2016, 08:00:37 AM
What's tha depth under your dock?
And yeap welcome to tha bestest lil fishn chat room...
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: Bush Hog on September 06, 2016, 08:14:07 AM
www.threenailsguide.com
Don't know if you would be interested in a guide but this one is seems to be on fish right now.  Also, Jason Burton (www.easttexasfinestfishing.com/) is a crappie guide on Lake Palestine.  They could help you get started finding fish and also show you around the lake some (lots of stumps in Palestine).  I've only been on Palestine a couple times but it's got some huge crappie in it.  Welcome to East Texas!
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: MidTex on September 06, 2016, 03:11:24 PM
At the end of my dock currently it's about 9ft and the lake is just shy of 1ft below spillway. I'm in Chimney Cove before the 346 bridge and the water deepens pretty quickly to over 25ft straight out from my pier.

I have definitely thought about using a guide and imagine the expense would be well worth the benefit.
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: Bush Hog on September 06, 2016, 05:33:35 PM
Sounds like your pier is in a prime spot to attract crappie.  Sink some brush and I bet they'll come a knocking on your door.
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: palestineag on September 06, 2016, 06:56:18 PM
You are definitely in prime real estate.  If you want someone to help you build some brush piles in your neck of the woods I would be open to help you.
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: SK on September 07, 2016, 06:53:44 AM
Yes 9' is a good depth especially close to deeper waters....

I'd put together some pvc condos, think you'll like those better since it won't eat your jigs...

I'd also run a night light to help hold the bait around.....

I think you'll be on crappie in no time....

As far as boating the lake, what electronics are you running on your boat?
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: MidTex on September 07, 2016, 09:38:20 AM
I ordered some "Porcupine Fish Attractor" spheres and just need to buy some 1/2" PVC and cut to build whatever size I determine. I was going to place under the dock along with a light. My chartplotter is a Garmin 73SV CHIRP.
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: SK on September 07, 2016, 10:05:17 AM
I myself if I lived on a lake would put the time in scanning & marking structure.
Time vested in scanning is well rewarded in the long run, it's hard for most to put the time in to learn their lake but trust me it pays several fold....
It would be easy to hire a guide but you DON'T want to constantly fish where he & several others are beating the fish up.
Once you find the depth/terrain the fish prefer use your map to search for like areas that you DON'T always see getting fished.....
I prefer fishing submerged structure, these areas usually hold several fish since not everyone know the structure is there.
Find the depth & structure the fish WILL be there....

Take your time, pick one area & scan it thoroughly saving all the structure you find....

Some go ripping & running all over the lake & run over more fish than while they are fishn.....

I've fished my home lake for almost 20yrs & there's still areas on this lake I have not fished....

You have the tools required to get on the fish good, now's the time to slow down & use them...
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: MidTex on September 07, 2016, 11:34:24 AM
That's good advice. I have spent a little time idling around looking for structure, but knowing what looks best and at what depths is something I still need to learn. I know there are a lot of stumps just north and center of the 155 main bridge, yet I almost never see any boats there. I would think that might be a good area. I also found the submerged bridge/roadway that runs just parallel and south of that bridge. I do see people fishing there, and we have tried a few times there, yet never seem to catch anything.

I guess my current plan is to add structure to my pier and probably use a guide for 1/2 a day just to ensure I'm using equipment and technique that works. After that, I can get out on my own and try to find new places that are less fished.
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: SK on September 07, 2016, 07:29:48 PM
Update us with some pics after you get out there & slap those crappie around.... :Thumbsup :Thumbsup :Thumbsup
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: captain happy on September 11, 2016, 09:06:18 AM
The bridge at chimney rock holds some nice crappie in the spring time!
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: ezgoing on September 11, 2016, 12:21:23 PM
 Porcupine Fish Attractors make good crappie condos.   I have three of them on my slip now and plan on adding more.

But don't believe it when you are told they won't hang up your jigs.  After they get a little growth on them they will definitely hang you up.  And the crappie seem to love to wrap the line around them. 

They are good for crappie, bass and catfish.

I would also suggest a green mercury vapor underwater light.   This pulls in the bait fish, which pulls in all the other fish.
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: Ketchn on September 12, 2016, 07:20:26 AM
Make you're "brush" as snag free as you can under the dock and use a green light ......for sure in the warmer months an hour or so after dark they will be there ....... :clap
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: MidTex on September 12, 2016, 08:43:18 AM
Thanks all for the great advice. I will update once I get all setup and start catching some fish!
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: MidTex on October 11, 2016, 08:31:10 AM
I've had the Porcupine attractors and underwater green light out about 2 weeks now, and Sunday night noticed some nice sized fish swimming around the light at dusk. My son dropped a worm under the dock and was rewarded with this 11" Black Crappie. There were several more but not biting. Wished we had some minnows. About a week prior, we noticed the Bluegill were getting a lot bigger too. Seems like things are working.......  :fish .
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: SK on October 11, 2016, 09:39:22 AM
Nicely done MT....
You aughta hook up with Pepop or JerryT & get some hand tied jigs that are known to work on that lake.....
I know crappie will eat a work but I'm positive your catchn will be more productive on jigs....
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: palestineag on October 11, 2016, 02:43:42 PM
Great job MidTex!  Since I learned how to catch fish on jigs I never looked back...until about two weeks ago.  Read on another forum about catching minnows with a cast net with 1/4" mesh and picked one up on-line for right at $50.  Already can say it is money well spent.  I would strongly encourage you to get one and you will not have to buy minnows at least while you have your lights on.  I have been able to net close to a hundred  2-3" shad and minnows with just 1 to 2 throws of the net at our docks and used them to catch some very nice crappie that I knew were there but just having problems catching on jigs.  Our docks have lights on all night and have just thrown the net  there about an hour before daylight and it is amazing how much bait is back in coves right now.  First throw I netted several 12" crappie as well (which obviously I threw back) and as soon as dropped down the tiny shad it was non stop catching.  Will also confess that is how we caught every one of our weigh fish for the crappie tournament on lake Palestine last weekend, on tiny shad.  We caught tons of fish on jigs but all big fish came on shad.  With a bait tank you can keep them alive for days but with these cooler water temps we have done fine keeping them alive for the entire day in just a bait well. 

Also I was being serious about helping sink brush in Chimney if you would like some help.  If you are interested just send me a PM.
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: MidTex on October 11, 2016, 03:29:49 PM
Actually we bought a throw-net a while back and we have caught a lot of shad, but no minnows. I think it is a coarser mesh than 1/4". Thought maybe minnows worked better. Might just give it a try tonight after work  :) . And thanks for the offer with the brush piles. We've built a couple of 5-gallon buckets with branches cemented in but not sunk any yet but hope to soon.
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: palestineag on October 11, 2016, 07:45:40 PM
Most nets you can pick up in brick and mortar stores are going to 3/8" mesh and just about all the bait back in saline right now is too small for that. Of all the bait I have caught in the last two weekends, maybe 1% would be able to be caught with a standard net. 

This size shad is absolute candy for the crappie right now.  The artificial is the middle sized 1000 series slab bandit

(http://i970.photobucket.com/albums/ae186/ahklein/F1F3FDAE-9DE7-4B50-8678-8779287B7161_zps9ftobcdr.jpg) (http://s970.photobucket.com/user/ahklein/media/F1F3FDAE-9DE7-4B50-8678-8779287B7161_zps9ftobcdr.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: MidTex on October 11, 2016, 10:50:32 PM
That's great information. I bought a dozen minnows after work today and my son and I went down to the dock around sundown. There were a few crappie chasing shad around the light. We only had about 45 minutes, but we caught a couple nice blacks about 11". It's finally starting to get fun  ;D . We threw them both back and hopefully they'll go get their friends.
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: MidTex on October 13, 2016, 10:00:58 AM
I had minnows left over from the night before, so went back out last night about an hour before dark. I threw out about 10' off the dock a small minnow about 3' down from a bobber and caught this within 30 seconds.   ;D . I sure can't thank you guys enough for all the tips. I was getting so frustrated never catching anything but small catfish and bluegill. Things are really looking up.

Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: SK on October 14, 2016, 07:24:55 PM
Wrong species but NICE...... :ROFLMAO :Dance
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: MidTex on October 14, 2016, 08:36:35 PM
Yeah  8) - no more pictures, but I caught another 14" just like it last night too. Seems I'm attracting all kinds of riffraff  ;) .
Title: Re: Help Getting Newbie Started Crappie Fishing
Post by: SK on November 03, 2016, 11:55:18 AM
HaHaHaaaa, a pull is a pull.... Enjoy