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It’s About Time to Catch Some Crappie

This is the fourth installment of the “Spring Fishing Frenzy” series of articles, detailing productive fishing techniques and opportunities across Kentucky. These articles will appear on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. The series will continue until early summer.​

​It feels like spring is taking two years to arrive. We’ve experienced bouts of dismal cold rain and high muddy water, followed by glorious warm days that bring hope that spring has finally sprung. Some of these blissful days with temperatures breaking 65 seem to always fall during the work week, but by Saturday, it’s raining with highs in the mid-40s. We’ve even witnessed snow spitting on the waning Saturday of March.

Soon, the cold fronts will ease, the rays of the bright sun will warm the water and the crappie will bite. It is a great time of year in Kentucky.

The annual Fishing Forecast produced by the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is a great way to find the state’s productive crappie waters.

“You have two options using the Fishing Forecast,” said Jeff Ross, assistant director of Fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “If you are ahead of the game, you can read through the whole thing. You may find a familiar lake that catches your interest or a new one you haven’t tried yet.”

Anglers who need to make a quick decision about where to crappie fish should consult the Fishing Forecast’s Cheat Sheet.

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