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Crappie fishing “excellent” at Rend Lake

May 02, 2013 at 10:11 PM

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Largemouth bass:

Fishing is slow.

Suggested baits are worms, rattle traps, jig and trailer, spinner baits, square bill crank baits.

Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes.

Fish around bridges and along the rocks.

Fish at mouths of bays and shallow wood cover spots.

Limits: 14-inch minimum length limit, 6 daily creel limit. 1 fish daily creel limit in ponds 14-inch minimum length.

Crappie:

Fishing is excellent.

Jigs are working well. Quarter-ounce pink and white tub jigs. Small and medium minnows.

Fish are in flooded brushy areas.

The spawn has started.

Reports of fish being caught in 5 to 8 feet of water.

25 fish daily creel limit with no more than 10 fish 10 inches or longer.

Bluegill:

Fishing is slow.

Use crickets, worms, wax worms, red wigglers.

Fish in the back of necks in shallow water or along rocks.

Hot spot off the rocks under the sailboat harbor bridge in 1-4 feet of water.

10 fish daily creel limit in ponds.

Channel catfish:

Fishing is good on Sonny's stink bait, whole shad, shad gut, nightcrawlers and leeches.

Catfish have started feeding a lot with the recent rains.

Jig fish in shallow water with leeches. If fishing from a boat let your bait drift and drag the bottom.

6 fish daily creel limit in ponds.
Jugs must be attended at all times while fishing.
WHITE BASS Slow Spoon Lures. Jig and curly tail grubs. Vibrax spinner number 3, and crankbait. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. Fish at mouths of bays and shallow wood cover spots. 20 fish creel limit.
No more than 3 fish 17” or longer daily

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