Blackshear: Level: 0.2 feet below full pool. Temp: 58 degrees. Clarity: Clear
Bass: Fair. The fish are beginning to move up out of the channels onto the spawning flats. Look for bass to hold around the base of big cypress trees and around deeper docks. Soft plastics, like a Senko or fluke, or a Texas-rigged worm bounced off cypress trees to work the roots is an effective technique. The same baits can be flipped under docks. Spinnerbaits worked around and through brush and blowdowns on the bank back in the creeks is also an effective April tactic. For details on April bass fishing at Blackshear, see page 94.
Crappie: Rusty Parker said the fish had not moved up by March 27. “They are still out in mid-level brush in the 10- to 15-foot depth waiting for the water to warm up. The cold snap pushed them back.” Try minnows and jigs around brush. By early April, the fish should have moved up onto spawning flats, and especially bedding areas around cypress trees.