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Cross Creek crappie bonanza
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Cross Creek crappie bonanza
I’ve been out at Cross Creek in the afternoon the past couple of days. I️ started out bass fishing, but that was fruitless. I️ noticed what looked like big schools of fish on my sonar so I️ started trying to see what they were. They ended up being decent sized crappie and bluegill. I️ caught them really well on a Trout Magnet jig with a 1” gulp minnow double rigged on a drop shot. About 1 hour before sundown, they started hitting on the surface so I️ started throwing a small rebel popper. That was a blast! They were crushing it and I️ boated probably 40 fish. That was a lot of fun on an ultralight rig. I️ highly recommend heading out there.


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11-03-2017 08:51 PM
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RE: Cross Creek crappie bonanza
I've thought about going back there over the last couple weeks, but didn't think it would prove to be worth it, bass-wise, at least. I think in the past 3 years, I've caught, like, 1 crappie, and that was at Peters Lake.
I DID hook into my first White Bass the other day. Decided to shore fish from the Emsworth Lock and Dam. It kinda reminded me of a cross between a bas and a crappie.
May have to take your advise and visit Cross Creek for some slab action. A couple fried crappie sound like it'd be nice treat.

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11-05-2017 09:14 PM
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Just had a little fish fry for dinner and it was delish. Definitely worth the time to filet those little buggers. I ended up bringing home 10 and that filled the frying pan up twice. That place is filled with nice crappies.


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11-05-2017 09:20 PM
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RE: Cross Creek crappie bonanza
Jealous! I'm getting ready for ice fishing. Hope to get on some slabs on day 1! My yak is in the garage for the winter....
11-09-2017 06:20 PM
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RE: Cross Creek crappie bonanza
(11-09-2017 06:20 PM)Roytoy Wrote:  Jealous! I'm getting ready for ice fishing. Hope to get on some slabs on day 1! My yak is in the garage for the winter....

Ditto. I read on another forum that the crappie fishing at Cross Creek was incredible right now, but it would be a 2 hour drive, one way, and another launch permit, so I opted against it and the yaks are now stored for the season. Planning to get a Washington County permit added to the Kraken early spring just to hit Cross Creek next year.
11-09-2017 08:30 PM
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Cross Creek crappie bonanza
I'm only an hour away and have my Washington County launch permit. So long as weather permits, I may have a chance to go out and try my luck at slabs. I don't think I'm quite done with my kayak yet for this season. Fingers crossed!

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11-09-2017 08:41 PM
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