Lake Ouachita Crappie

Crappie Fishing Lake Ouachita.

The 2015 Lake Ouachita Nursery Pond fish crop (crappie fingerlings) was drained directly into Lake Ouachita in late June. The final release was estimated at 250,000 fingerlings mixed black & white crappies. The pond prematurely drained some fingerlings on three separate occasions as heavy rainfall raised the pond level up and into the overflow drain.
Small crappies escaping the pond early had ample nursery cover with the lake elevation several feet up into the flood pool.

Lake Ouachita Crappie Guide.

GPS Locations of Crappie Condos / Brush Piles

The Centerpoint FFA partnered with the Corps of Engineers to build approximately 250 bamboo crappie condos.

These condos will be placed in Lake Ouachita, Lake Degray and Lake Greeson. This project has already been approved by the Corp. They will be providing the concrete, while the FFA will provide the buckets, bamboo, and manpower.

All of the spots where crappie condos are dropped will be marked by GPS.

The Corps will make these coordinates available to the public.

In the winter, crappie generally will be found near main channel edges in 15 to 25 feet water moving from brush pile to brush pile as they are actively following the schools of shad or other available baitfish.

As the water warms in the spring, they move into shallower water, being especially fond of areas with both rock and brush, where they prefer to spawn. As summer approaches they back off into slightly deeper water near their spawning grounds where they will remain until late summer pushes them to flooded timber and deep brushpiles.

In Ouachita's clear waters crappie will be deeper during sunny conditions. The best fishing is usually early and late in the day or when the sky is cloudy, crappie are more active then, cruising and feeding in shallower water where they're easier for most anglers to catch.

Crappie see better in clear water, and bigger lines are likely to spook them. Use 4 to 8 pound line.
You may also want to use green-tinted lines that are less visible in clear water."

Vegetation grows up to 35 feet in portion of Ouachita and crappie will utilize the shade line along the weeds as the sun moves through the sky. If crappie can get beside a wall of weeds that's casting a shadow, they'll stay in the shadow.

Fish beds of elodea and milfoil around mid-lake islands. Drift with the wind and fish jigs or spinners along the shady side of the weeds. Once you catch a crappie, try to keep your lure in the strike zone and continue along the vegetation line. Early late and on cloudy days small spinners and jigs worked over the top of grass beds will often produce large catches.

You can fish jigs under bobbers. The bobber will keep your bait in the strike zone. On Ouachita use a clear bobber for a float. A clear bubble is harder for crappie to see.

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