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Movement is a key to locating crappie during the spring on Lake of Egypt.  The lake contains so many good locations for crappie beds that the angler has to move to keep up with the fish.

According to Tim Huffman, nationally known crappie expert, the face of crappie fishing has changed in the past ten years.  He finds anglers trolling more often for those big slabs.  The technique could work quite effectively in Lake Of Egypt.

“The numbers might be less,” explains Huffman, “but the quality of fish caught is so much better.”  He goes on to explain that this technique catches suspended, scattered fish in the post spawn period and on into summer.

Crappies are finicky all year.  They might be in water only three feet deep.  On another occasion, they might be as deep as 23 feet.

Another popular idea is to move to the back of a cove and work the water from the shallows out.  Points and weed lines are the basic structure of the lake and the first places to look for spawning and pre-spawn fish.  Try making a few casts and if no fish take the offering, move to another location.

By working a lot of water, the angler will usually find where the fish are located.  Then he can settle down to some action.  If the action slows, move to another location and begin again.

By working a jig from the shore and out across the top of the submerged grass, one can find where the fish are located.  If that does not work, one can try a jig submerged beneath a float.

Jigs tipped with minnows seem to be the most popular but they are not the only tool in the toolbox of the crappie angler.  Huffman recommends that every crappie angler have some 1/16th ounce jigs, as they are the basic workhorse of the crappie angler.

Huffman like tube jigs about two inches in length in light colors such as chartreuse or pearl.  He also uses some of the medium shades of orange/chartreuse or red/chartreuse.  In the dark shades he is preference is for a purple, black, dark blue/black.  “I think that fish see shades rather than actual colors,” explains Tim.

Huffman also uses what he calls “scents.”  He is referring to flavored baits such as the Berkely Crappie Nibbles where the flavoring is impregnated in the bait.  According to Huffman, “Ninety percent of the tournament fishermen use them.”

Not one to avoid natural baits, Huffman also likes big minnows.  Tim uses what he calls a medium minnow.  It is a two-inch shiner minnow.  “In stained or muddy conditions,” explains the crappie angler, “I might go to a three or 3 ½ inch minnow.  They give off more vibration.”

Huffman explains that using the larger minnow eliminates those strikes from small fish.

“I fish stained water and like bright green or even golden line,” states Huffman.  His reasoning is that if the fish just tick the bait, he is able to see the line move.  “The older I get the harder it is to see the line.”

Lake Of Egypt is a well-known crappie lake in southern WilliamsonCounty near Marion, Illinois.  It is easily accessible from Marion, Illinois, via Interstate 57.  It is about 15 minutes away.

The lake itself is a 2,300-acre reservoir that serves as a water source of cooling water for power plant turbines.  It has 93 miles of shoreline consisting of coves with an average depth of 18 feet and a maximum of 52 feet.  The shoreline has significant milfoil and other vegetation to a depth of about 10 or 12 feet.



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  1. That Tim guy sure knows his stuff! 🙂

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