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Top Secrets for Fishing the Crappie Spawn

We all have our trusted signs that tell us when the spring crappie bite is on. What’s yours? Blooming dogwoods or redbuds? Morels popping up? Water temp hitting 65? Something else?

“I’m always watching the boat ramps, and also paying attention to docks, shoreline fishing areas and cars parked along roads near bridges,” said Gary Rowe. “News of catching success during the prime crappie spawning period spreads like wildfire, so seeing increased angler activity over a few days leaves no doubt the bite is happening.”

Barbara Mandrell’s classic song “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” could have been written differently to refer to fishing instead and about avid crappie anglers like Rowe. He started chasing the species nearly 50 years ago, long before crappie fishing became as cool as it is today. “I’ve just always enjoyed finding and catching crappie,” he said.

I’ve known Rowe for a long time, and I can assure you he’s really good at both, with his expertise and knowledge coming from his years of fishing for the species throughout all seasons on Fort Gibson Lake.

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