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12/11/22 Bink’s Spoons can catch you some crappie right now

Daily Fishing Log For December 11, 2022

General Info Weather / Water Conditions
Date December 11, 2022 Air Temp 40s/50s, soon to be highs in the 30s Current Generation Minimum
Fisherman See below notes for more info on Bink's Spoons! Water Temp low 40s
Hours Fished Sky Cloudy Water Clarity Stained
Fishing Overall Good Wind Strong
Fish Caught
Total Caught Total Keepers
Size/Weight (Pounds)
Baits Used
Keepers Other Fish
Bink's Spoons
Bait Colors
Keepers Other Fish
Assorted colors
Bink's Spoons has been around since the 90s and used across the country, but especially in the midwest from Arkansas all the way up to Minnesota and Wisconsin.  We will have a post about Bink's Spoons every two weeks until February talking about how to effectively use them on Truman Lake and beyond for crappie and many more predator species. Bink's Spoons were made popular by their creator, Darrell Binkley, on Norfolk Lake. There, he uses the spoons to target many species including crappie, walleye, white bass, hybrids, and stripers. You'll even catch some big blue and flathead catfish as well. Dipping trees with a minnow tipped on the spoon can yield many crappie and is the most popular usage of the spoon on Truman Lake.
Fishing Notes

The crappie bite is very good right now. Folks are getting them with minnows and jigs, with minnows being more productive in most cases from what folks are reporting. Sometimes it seems like you get into an area that is pressured more than others and the fish don’t want to eat as readily. So what do you try? Well, breaking out a Bink’s Spoon might help. The Bink’s Spoon with the single Aberdeen hook is specifically designed for crappie fishing and easy snag removal. It is most effective when tipped with a minnow, and could give those fish the different look they need to see to entice a bite.

Most of the guides and anglers are finding fish back in the creeks and cove pockets, especially when you make your way up the river arms. The fish will stay there for several months. Brush Creek in the Tebo arm is famous for holding huge numbers of fish in the winter time. Schools the size of houses as we’ve described in previous reports. Look for this to be happening soon. All the creeks between Bucksaw and Otter Creek are holding fish as well. Start halfway back or further, making sure to stay in at least 10 feet of water. You’ll make your presentation a lot like a minnow or jig. Drop the spoon down and hold it steady along the trees and wait for the thump. In the Grand, it’s really been taking putting that bait right in front of the fish to get a bite.

If you’re looking to try something different, the bluffs on the lower end of the lake around the dam and up into the lower Pomme and lower Osage can be very good places to drop your Bink’s Spoon. Simply cast the spoon tipped with a minnow up to the bluff and let it fall to the bottom. Raise it up a couple of reel cranks and just kind of let it bounce along the bottom in 18-22 feet of water. The bluff right by the dam is very good for catching crappie in the wintertime.

The lake is back to normal pool. We will see how long it stays there. Water is stained to muddy in the upper ends but fairly clean on the lower end of the Grand and dam area.

All colors of Bink’s Spoons are reported to be working, but favorites are Albino, black/white, all white, chartreuse, blue/white and green/white.

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Bink’s Spoons Website

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