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2/21/22 Bink’s spoons for catching crappie – a message from our partner

Daily Fishing Log For February 21, 2022

General Info Weather / Water Conditions
Date February 21, 2022 Air Temp 30s Current Generation Minimum
Fisherman See below notes section for details Water Temp mid to upper 30s lakewide
Hours Fished Sky Cloudy Water Clarity Slightly Stained
Fishing Overall Good Wind Strong
Fish Caught
Total Caught Total Keepers
Size/Weight (Pounds)
Baits Used
Keepers Other Fish
Bait Colors
Keepers Other Fish
Truman Lake is open just about everywhere. Heavy wind has opened everything up. The only thing that might have remnants of ice are some of the very backs of creeks and pockets that didn't get the wind. We do have a couple of really cold days/nights coming up between now and Friday, and this may create some more ice. But heavy wind will hopefully still keep most of the lake and boat ramps usable for those brave enough to get out on the water.
Fishing Notes

The crappie bite has been absolutely on fire these last few weeks even with the cold. One of the major things you’ll see in the winter time compared to other times of the year is very large schools of crappie stacked up together.

In the last few weeks, you may have seen some of the fishing reports from guides Richard Bowling and Kyler Beckmann where they describe schools that are the size of a house. It sounds crazy, but it’s not. Any many of these schools will be stacked up in open water.

Now in most cases, our guides are dropping in baits on these schools of fish that include hand tied hair jigs, plastic crappie jigs, or minnow rigs. But did you know there is another bait you can use now and throughout the year that can be equally as effective? It’s a spoon!

Bink’s Spoons is a midwestern company that has been around since the 90s. The spoon was originally developed by Darrell Binkley to be fished on Norfork Lake targeting stripers, hybrids, white bass, crappie, walleye, bass, and more! And boy does it ever catch them!

During the winter time, Darrell has a few tips to catch more fish on the Bink’s Spoons:

  1. Use small line ranging from 6-10 pound test, and make sure it’s fluorocarbon. If you have braid on your reel, tie up several feet of fluorocarbon leader.
  2. Down size your spoon right now. Bink’s offer sizes up to 2oz, but right now you want to be throwing the 3/8ths to 1/2oz sizes
  3. Dirtier the water, the darker the spoon. White with black back, Firetiger, or silver would all be good colors for Truman.
  4. When you find the school, drop the spoon down into them. Don’t rip the spoon back up hard, simply raise your rod slow and then let the spoon fall again. It will mimic a dying shad.

Bink’s has a variety of spoons with treble and single aberdeen hooks. The spoons with single aberdeen hooks can be fished effectively around brush and trees without worrying about snagging. If you do snag, you can work your fishing rod up and down and the weight of the spoon will knock the hook off. If you find that the fish are a little finicky, you may tip the aberdeen hook with a live minnow or a minnow head. This can make them a little more eager to bite.

In the coming weeks, we will be shooting video with the spoons in action to show how you can use them effectively to catch more crappie on Truman Lake and beyond.

To learn more about Bink’s Spoons, you can visit them at their website and order some for yourself! Click here to visit the Bink’s Spoons website!

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