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Cranking Timber for Prespawn Bass | Round Bill vs. Squarebill

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Lakes like South Carolina’s Santee Cooper are chock-full of standing timber, but it’s not all equally productive for bass. Savvy anglers like Davy Hite look for subtle cues such as sun exposure and wind-induced eddies when choosing areas and individual trees to target.

Hite explains how water temperature and current position bass around woody cover and why round bill crankbaits like the venerable Rapala DT6 are often a better choice than squarebills when targeting pressured late winter and early prespawn bass around wood.

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Among the best period of times to fish for crappie is throughout the spawning season, which normally the start of spring. However, springtime can bring rains, which can disrupt the typical pattern of crappie. This might also impact the way you fish, however not to stress, as fishing after heavy rain is still possible!

Keep reading as I discuss how heavy rainfall impacts crappie behavior and how you can still go crappie fishing after heavy rain.

Crappie Fishing Soon After Heavy Rain

Did you just experience heavy rainfall and planned to go crappie fishing that day? Don't worry, there's still a possibility you'll get a catch, depending on how the fish were affected.

Unfortunately, chances are slim when catching crappie at this time. Why? Here are the changes that happen after the heavy rains:

The water temperature will drop significantly, remaining low until you see some sunshine Rain strips up stronger currents, which have the water turn murky, making crappie less visible Covers like fallen trees and brush piles may be destroyed from heavier rains and strong currents With that said, there is some good news to crappie fishing after rainfall. When thunderstorms occur, rains would wash small insects to the water, which can attract crappie back to shallow waters. That's why anglers also like to search for post-storm crappies, attracting schools of them!

This mostly sounds like bad news, doesn't it? It doesn't have to completely be! There are still ways to get around the issues mentioned above. Since crappie is sensitive to changes in the water, you'll simply need to adjust your fishing methods.

Here are ways you can fish for crappie after heavy rainfall

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