A month after hosting the Outdoor Rendezvous, The Tackle Box is getting a jump start on the spring sports scene with the inaugural Roosevelt Lake Crappie Contest.
To participate, anglers must register at The Tackle Box, one-half mile south of Punkin Center on Highway 188. There is no entry fee.
The competition will be held over four two-week periods. The first began March 4 and will wrap up March 17. Others will be March 18 to 31, April 1 to 14 and April 15 to 29.
Crappies must be weighed-in at The Tackle Box.
At the end of each two weeks, prizes will be awarded for the three heaviest crappies.rizes will include rod reels, gift certificates and 12-packs of soft drinks.
At the conclusion of the four two-weeks fishing periods, grand prizes will be awarded including a rod and reel for first place.
According to Don Morgan, who is helping sponsor the contest along with Bill Kyle and Dennis Pirch, weighing in any crappie caught during the next couple of weeks would be a good strategy.
"I have to be honest with you, fishing is not very good right now," Morgan said. "Any crappie caught could be a winner."
Morgan's suggestion is to fish in 12 to 20 feet of water using jigs. When jigging, different seasons call for different techniques. Some anglers slow down their jigging in the winter months and step them up in the summer.
A successful technique for anglers fishing in brush is to sit the jig among the brush and pop it about one-inch out of the water and let it sit again. A slow retrieve also is useful in catching crappie. In trolling for crappie, the advice is to use tube jigs and flies and to vary their color according to lighting.
Before setting out to Roosevelt Lake, a word of warning from Morgan: be extremely cautious when motoring a boat across the waters. The rapidly rising water levels of late have created many hidden hazards and underwater obstacles that could damage, or possibly sink, a boat if struck.
For more information, call (928) 978-3500 or (928) 479-2108.