Lake Conditions:  Fair - 70° / Lake Temperature  78° - 355.17'
Cadiz, Kentucky
Cadiz, Kentucky
Cadiz, Kentucky
Closer Than You Think

Early Spring Crappie Fishing Begins to Pick Up

Written by John Morgan - Published on March 25, 2019

After some very slow days I've finally started to find some concentration of crappie. I've been to several different areas of both Kentucky and Barkley lakes over the last 10 days and they all have there own challenges. 

Since the 10 foot rise and then almost 10 foot fall in elevation most bays were left looking like chocolate milk. The main lake has cleared up to about a foot visibility but some bays are still stained. Blood river and Jonathan creek are still about 6 inch visibility. Water temp is 54 to 56 degrees in both bays.

We've been using some real bright colored jigs and tipping with minnows in this stained water. Blue/chartreuse and orange/chartreuse have been good. I think the minnows make a bigger profile and help the fish find it in the muddy water. I'm not usually a minnow fan but they have improved my catches lately. Fish have been as shallow as four feet and as deep as 20.

As the water clears a little more the bite should improve. I think the fish should start to move shallower if we can get a few warm days. One thing to remember when the water is stained to muddy they will move real shallow to spawn. 

Good luck out there. The next couple weeks should be great. 

You won't know if you don't go.

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