That's Mr. Crappie Pole to You

by Alan Luecke
(Kansas City, MO)



A cold front cut off the serious spring crappie spawn before I could get out, but some action was still to be had at James A. Reed Conservation Area, a complex of beautiful small lakes on the southeast corner of the KC metro area.

There were a few folks around using minnows and jigs under bobbers. The Kiyose 43MF with a white Killer Bugger was catching fish faster with a lot less hassle. The takes were very soft. When the line straightened a little a snap of the wrist would set the hook.

This nice bass and some bluegill also liked the Killer Buggers. Walking along the shore with my rod and a small gear bag seemed almost like cheating compared to the people working so hard with all the bait, bobbers, coolers and buckets.

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