Oklahoma’s most prolific crappie lake has a new lake record for crappie.
Todd Huckabee, a popular fishing guide on Lake Eufaula, landed a 2.8-pound crappie from Gaines Creek on Oct. 22.
The big slab measured 17¼-inches.
“I had been catching keeper-size crappie on the south end of the reservoir when the switch turned on and bigger fish showed up,” Huckabee said.
“Once the wind really picked up, there was about a 45-minute period where the bigger fish really became active. This is usually how it is in the fall. You can be catching keeper-size fish, then you will get about a 45-minute to one hour period where the big fish eat, then it’s over.
“I was using a ¼-ounce chartreuse green/fluorescent orange Lindy jig off of the end of an 11- foot flippin’ stick with 10 pound test line. The bigger fish hang right on the transition where the rock ends, and they wait to ambush baitfish.
“Crappie are looking for a big meal, and one of the main forage fish that I find when I am cleaning crappie is drum over 4 inches long.
“It is also standard thinking that crappie always feed up, but I discovered that often times they are feeding on bottom-dwelling bait fish such as the baby black drum. If you are sitting in 10 feet of water, you need to be fishing 12 feet deep.”