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2/11/23 Jeff Simmons member fishing report and new sponsor!

Daily Fishing Log For February 11, 2023

General Info Weather / Water Conditions
Date February 11, 2023 Air Temp 55-60 Current Generation Minimum
Fisherman Jeff Simmons - TOTL Auto Repair Water Temp
Hours Fished See below for details Sky Sunny Water Clarity Slightly Stained
Fishing Overall Good Wind Light
Fish Caught
Total Caught Total Keepers
Size/Weight (Pounds)
Baits Used
Keepers Other Fish
Bait Colors
Keepers Other Fish
Red head black body chartreuse tail
Truman State Park area - Full report details below in the Fishing Notes section   On a side note, I want to say I'm super excited to be a new sponsor of Truman Lake Fishing Intel. I have been a member for a while now and have always enjoyed reading the reports and watching the videos. My business partner and I own TOTL Auto Repair ("Top of the Line"), and are located right in Clinton. We are very excited to have opened up in a great location in the old Marolf Tire building south of the square. We are offering a discount to TLFI members and look forward to helping folks getting their cars taken care of in a timely fashion with our 66 years combined experience fixing cars. Thank you to all who have already called to have us help them with their vehicles! This link below is to our business listing here on the website:
Fishing Notes

It’s the middle of February and as I fished, I couldn’t help but think about the spring crappie spawn.

A very long time ago, as a small boy my brothers and I would listen intently, hearing my stepdad and his friends talk about the crappie spawn. Tossing a bobber along the bank and watching it twitch and move only to bring a crappie to the surface.

Waiting for spring, warmer water and warmer weather it seemed a glorious time. That never materialized. Spring would come and go, the spawn was either to early or to late or never happened because of high water or vice versa low water. (Sigh)

Why oh why doesn’t anyone talk about the fall winter crappie bite?

If there was ever a time to catch crappie, BIG crappie it’s when the water is cold, the air temperature is mildly cold and crappie are hungry! Even when their bellies are full, they will still eat.

I left State Park this morning around 11:30, 12:45 I had a limit of crappie. Not just crappie, BIG crappie.

In the middle of “catching” I started measuring fish. I was catching a lot of fish, they were heavy but not as big as the ones already in the box. 11” crappie seemed small and back in the water they went.

The fish were on the channels edge, in about 20 ft of water. I stayed with my tried and true 1/32 oz jig, red head with black body, chartreuse tail. I fished rocky points, a transition from shallow water to deep water.

It didn’t matter if I let it sit over the top of the structure or slowly retrieved it. The crappie are Big, Thick and ready to bite.

I can’t wait for the spawn! So that I can enjoy the warmer water and fish for something other than crappie. 🎣

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