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May Is Prime Time For Crappie At Beaver Lake

Posted: May 8, 2014 at 6 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF Standing timber was among the targets Glenn worked May 1 in the Prairie Creek area.

PRAIRIE CREEK -- Mitch Glenn wouldn't touch a crappie with a 10-foot pole. Catching them? Now that's a different story.

At A Glance

Crappie Basics

Crappie tend to gather close to cover in deep water, except in spring when they move shallow to spawn. The crappie spawn usually coincides with the blooming of dogwood trees.

The best live bait for crappie is minnows. Small marabou or plastic jigs work well for catching crappie. Small spinners, such as Rooster Tails and Beetle Spins, are good to use when crappie are active. Tipping the hook with a commercially prepared crappie nibble may entice more crappie to bite.

Source: Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Beaver Lake Crappie

Crappie must be 10 inches or longer to keep at Beaver Lake. The daily limit is 15 crappie.

Source: Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

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