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    Smile Re: Berryessa Crappie, 2 April 2018

    Great report!!! Way to get em & sounds like nice ones. Excellent tips and info!! Keep it up

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    Berryessa Crappie, 2 April 2018

    The crappie are up shallow on Berryessa. We started out this morning looking around the backs of coves. Water was crystal clear, and in addition to all the bass bedding, we saw several crappie leaving a few feet of water after they saw us. Realized it was going to be tough to catch them in such clear water, but noticed they were wanting to be near the "buck" brush, submerged trees, etc. That's where they spawn. So, the solution was to find less clear water. We found a bunch of trees and bushes in stained water, and that was key. We caught some big crappie. Finished with 20 in the livewell, highlighted by a 15 incher, three 14 inchers, and a bunch of 12-13's. We weighed 5 that were all between 1.5 to 2 lbs, with the 15 incher going 2 on the dot. I posted a report on the Delta the other day that mentioned how big the crappie were. These were better. Never did get into a bunch of them. We just stayed on the trolling motor, flipping to brush with 1/16th oz black and chartreuse curly tails, and we would catch them here and there. So, if you head to Berryessa in the next week, look for stained water, brush and trees, thicker the better, in 5-10 ft of water, and you'll find crappie. Also, we did catch a few off trees in the crystal clear water, but it had to be more than 10 ft deep. That allowed us to get close enough to get a lure in close, without being seen, and the crappie would come out to grab it.

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