Well it's finally Spring. The Bluegill and Crappie fishing is starting to go in the shallows in most of the area lakes. Wamplers, Columbia, Center and Vineyard lake are all starting to see nice bluegill and crappies around the shorelines and channels. These fish will be around for the next 2 to 3 weeks and are very accessible to anyone fishing from shore, or very shallow in small boats, the fish won't be deeper than 4 feet. The best way to catch these fish is with bobbers and minnows, fish just 18"- 24" below the bobber. A simple #4 hook with a sinker 6 inches above it, is all you will need. Another really good presentation is to use a pinkie jig below the bobber, and either tail or lip hook the minnow. If you prefer casting a 1/16 ounce pinkie jig and a lip hooked minnow coupled with a slow retrieve is the best way to get a lot of fish. This great early action is about all there is for the next 3 weeks, while we await the opening for other species. So grab your poles and buddies and get out there and fill a bucket with great eating pan fish, here in Jackson County!
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