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6/4/23 member report – trolling crankbaits for crappie

Daily Fishing Log For June 4, 2023

General Info Weather / Water Conditions
Date June 4, 2023 Air Temp 80s-90s Current Generation Minimum
Fisherman Travis England Water Temp
Hours Fished 7 Sky Sunny Water Clarity Clean
Fishing Overall Fair Wind Light
Fish Caught
Total Caught Total Keepers
Size/Weight (Pounds)
Baits Used
Keepers Other Fish
Crankbaits same
Bait Colors
Keepers Other Fish
Lower Osage
Fishing Notes

After focusing on Lake of the Ozarks over the winter months, Dad, his boat dog, and I returned to our typical places on Truman today for the first time since November to troll crankbaits for crappie.

We launched at Shawnee Bend at 7:00 am and fished until 2:00 pm. The prime depth was 18-25 feet of water on flats adjacent to deeper water, but we caught fish suspended in water up to 60’ deep. We ran Bandit 300s and Flicker Shad 7s in a variety of colors, but the best performers were Bandits in Chrome/Blue, Sunfish, Purple Tiger, Metallic Shad, and Chartreuse Metallic Shad. Using a speed range from 1.3 to 2.1 mph, our best zone was 1.5-1.7 mph. The fish wanted a slightly deeper presentation with lures staggered back 85-105 feet on the line counters.

We kept 2 limits of crappie over 9.5”, with most between 10.5-12” and a couple in the 13-14” range along with 2 bonus hybrids. On top of that, we released a dozen shorts and jumped off that many more and released 2 channel cats. The crappie were striking short today, with many fish only getting 1 point of the rear treble. Slowing down didn’t help.

We took some time off from trolling to visit Osage Bluff Marina and let the boat dog use the grass area. After buying some sodas and snacks, we got back at it. Their short order grill is open for breakfast and lunch Fri-Sun if you find yourself on the lake and need to grab some food.

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