Toledo Bend’s slab crappie smackdown

Category: Crappie Fishing Tips

 Jun 11th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  618

Modified Jun 11th, 2019 at 1:48 PM

Zachary Dubois of Kaplan has been catching quality black crappie at midlake in Toledo Bend.

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Many’s Zack Gagnard was on target after experiencing a couple of weeks catching limits of sac-a-lait (crappie) in deep brushpiles in Toledo Bend waters.

So Tuesday, May 28, the 29-year-old angler with Elite Guide Service (318-308-7574) had no misgivings whatsoever about fishing deep at midlake near Lowes Creek and the Indian Mounds.

“The fish were there,” Gagnard said. “We launched at 9 a.m. and fished some natural structure 30 feet deep and had 29 in the boat by 11. We caught the remaining 21 at a brushpile ending the trip with 50.

“The fish were mostly black crappie ranging from ½ to 1 ¼ pounds with one white – a 1 ¾-pounder.”

Gagnard was fishing small and medium shiners when using a Bass Pro 6-foot crappie rod and spinning reel combo. His reel was spooled with K9 Hi-Vis 15-pound braid with a 6-inch K9 fluorocarbon leader. The angler used a ¼-ounce egg sinker to get the shiner down to the structure.

Near Negreet, Cajun Lures’ Zachary Dubois also found sac-a-lait and a few other species on main lake brushpiles in 30 feet of water Saturday afternoon, May 25.

“On my sonar unit, I noticed the fish were bunched tightly and we had to keep our jigs in one small spot,” the 27-year-old Kaplan angler said. “There was also a school of white bass next to the brush pile.

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