Crappie Time on Percy Priest

Here it is time to go catch the crappie off the tree’s we sunk last winter on our area lakes. So far this year the weather has been so crazy that the crappie have remand deep in our lakes. Percy Priest has been the best lake for crappie so far. So let’s talk about location and presentation to catching a stringer full.

On Percy Priest the crappie are very widespread and abundant. My favorite area’s of the lake are the Four Corner’s area and the FATE SANDERS area. If you put in at either of these ramps they both have great food and services. Both have excellent ramps and are easily gotten to. Both of these area’s have lots of brush piles and treetops.

When we put out our LATEST brush piles and stick beds last winter, we put reflective stickers and markers on tree’s to line up with on the bank, this allows us to find the brush quicker (some of us set are markers to the side to trick the lazy guys who didn’t put out there own). If you were watching football last winter instead of putting out brush, your best bet is a good depth finder and plenty of time to find some one else’s brush piles. I use an X75 lowrance and it does an awesome job. I can clearly see limbs and fish separated and that’s what takes the guess work out of it.

Put your depth finder on zoom and idle around the bank in 10 to 20 foot of water. Watch for brush piles on the screen, when you find one, drop a marker buoy over your shoulder, then circle back slow on your trolling motor and fish it. Don’t spend to much time on a bad spot, move on after 5 minutes of no bite.

To fish different depths with live bait quick, I like A slip bobber to adjust depth. I use A medium sized gold Aberdeen hook plus a small split shot 6″ above the hook. Small minnows work the best for me. Norts by the airport has them, make sure Chuck Pippen gets them for you he has trouble counting and will usually give you a few extras. Cliff on the other hand will give you 1 extra but never one less.

If you prefer artificial A 1/32 ounce jig in white and red or solid yellow do well for me. My favorite artificial crappie lures are the Whirly B by Charlie Brewer, you definitely need to try it. Best color on the WHIRLY B is white. Next would be a little crankbait, best one I know is A REBEL WEE R OR DEEP WEE R. Best color’s chrome and black, brown crawdad and firetiger, if the water is dingy. I use my trolling motor to drag these small crankbaits on a medium speed. When I pick up a fish I stop and fan cast the area for 2 or 3 minutes or until the bite there stops and back to trolling.

Starting with the next full moon it’s time to start night fishing so I must go to Dale Hollow and catch large mean brown fish, with the new size limit who knows how big they will get. Don’t forget set the hook, wear that life jacket and may the fish be with you.


Jim Duckworth

Ducktrail Guide Service