With the prolonged warm weather and a full lake, the springtime crappie bite may start sooner than usual. When they move to the shallows, lighter equipment and smaller baits seem to be the most effective in catching these tasty panfish.
If crappies are your goal, then no doubt you have heard of the Kalin’s grubs, which are owned by the Uncle Josh Bait Company. Two of the most popular colors for Roosevelt Lake are the old reliable John Deere and BBC, which means black, blue and chartreuse. Throughout the country these two colors have probably caught more slabs than all other baits combined.
Before I make a trip to the lake at this time of year, I always make sure these two colors are in good supply in my tackle box. Sometimes a new color hits the market that can be even more effective catching fish — and that is the information I came across this past week.
The Junebug/chartreuse single tail has been dynamite at Alamo and San Carlos this past month. With the spring crappie season at these two lakes launching about a month sooner than Roosevelt, various baits are tried to find the best color combination that will catch fish. This color is certainly worth trying in any future fishing trip to Roosevelt.
Fishing the shallows in the brush can be a problem with snags and keeping the soft grub on the shank of the hook.
Uncle Josh has a new jighead with a small metal keeper near the leadhead, which is a big improvement. This technology will keep the bait in the correct position creating a better action, which correlates to more bites.
If you are going to fish shallow, I would recommend using a 1/32-ounce jighead with the new keeper made by Uncle Josh.
Keep in mind, a heavier 1/8- or 1/16-ounce jighead is necessary for deeper water.
Another new bait is the 1 1/2-inch Kalin’s crappie scrub, which is a double tail version that creates even more action when fishing in the brush. The added action of the extra tail can certainly make the difference when those crappies get a bit more tentative.
The crappie scrub softbait comes in most of the Kalin’s colors and would be another excellent diversion when fishing starts to slow down and a change is needed. Remember, a change in the color pattern may get those fish to bite again.
Most local Tonto Basin tackle stores and Walmart will carry the Kalin’s grubs in a variety of styles and colors.
If you don’t find what you are looking for, then go to the Internet and type in unclejosh.com for a complete selection of all of their crappie baits.
See you on the water, and don’t forget to bring a variety of different colors of Kalin’s grubs when those crappies get a little tougher to catch!
This week, take a friend fishing and enjoy God’s creation.