When the weather is “crappy” at sea, maybe it’s time to go and do some Crappie fishin’. That may not have come out right, but read on, I think you’ll see what I mean!
As you know by now, it’s wintertime and you have by now caught Speckled Trout and Red Drum every way you can think to do it, and that’s a good thing! But, wouldn’t it be nice right now to take a little road trip and get away and catch something different? I thought so too!
Well you are in luck ‘cause one of the most popular fish to catch in cold weather and cold water is the Crappie. There are several “local” area lakes and rivers that hold Crappie and some are places like the Lumber River, Lake Waccamaw, Upper Cape Fear River, The North East Cape Fear, and these are just a few areas.
Wilmington’s Greenville Lake has some very nice Crappies in it, and winter is the best time to fish here for crappies before the weed growth takes over in the warmer months!
Personally, I like the Piedmont region. This was where I was introduced to fishing by my Grand Pa Crews back in the early 50’s and it makes for a good overnight trip. High Rock Lake, for instance, is known for its crappie fishing.
A good day trip from the southeast coast is to areas like Jordan Lake and the Shearon Harris Reservoir just outside Raleigh, NC. These lakes host a very good crappie fishery.
If you need a guide for the Piedmont area lakes or any other area, visit www.pilotmedia.us and click on the “Fishing Guide” button under each of the four areas we cover. You can also find one on my links page at www.yeahrightcharters.com.
South Carolina has some outstanding Crappie fishing areas as well. The one in South Carolina that will always be in my mind is Lake Wateree. I have experienced some amazing crappie catches on this lake with some fish easily in the true 3 pound range.
As far as tackle and gear goes, I like a good quality spinning outfit. My personal outfit is an ultra lite Fenwick HMG Graphite rod with a Shimano 1000 reel and Suffix 6 lb line. A crappies worse nightmare!
Baits can be a personal choice. Many fishermen like live minnows, and I’ll even agree that sometimes they are the best, but, I am a jig guy myself. No, I don’t have a tackle box filled with a gazillion jigs. I keep it simple, a 1/16 ounce jig head and a tube jig with red front and chartreuse tails, yep, that’s it. Does it work?, well, just ask anyone in the High Rock Lake area if Capt. Butch has ever caught a crappie on High Rock Lake and most likely you’ll get your answer!
Not only High Rock, but the area also host lakes like Tuckertown, Badin, Lake Tillery, and many more areas as you come on down the Yadkin River chain towards the coast.
I know this is a Coastal publication and we all like to go coastal with our fishing. But look at it this way. Steaks on the grill are a very good choice for dinner and even though we could eat steak every night, still, after a while a hot dog on the grill is a welcomed change.
Don’t let the term “crappie fishing” mislead you. A day on a lake chasing crappie when the winter seas are too rough to head offshore is one of the best ways I have ever found to totally eliminate a bad case of cabin fever , at least for a little while anyway!
Be safe in whatever you do and keep God first place in your life. He will take you places you can’t even imagine!! Till next time, God Bless You All!
Capt. Butch Foster