Blackshear: Level: Full pool. Temp: Mid 50s. Clarity: Stained.
Crappie: Rusty Parker reports, “The crappie seem to be in search mode here on Lake Blackshear. I went couple days ago just to look around a bit and was able to catch four big slabs. I first went to the river channel ledge just north of Cedar Creek. Pushed double minnow rigs for a while and nothing. The water was muddy and surface temp was 49 degrees. I decided to go into Cedar Creek and check out a few docks. I was surprised to find the surface temp back in the creek at 56 degrees. I only shot 23 docks, and wow the four I caught were huge with the largest one at 13 1/2 inches long. What surprised me once again is that only one of them has eggs, and the other three were males. I was using R.A.G. Fly 1/24-oz jigs in chartreuse/chartreuse/chartreuse. The bite was just about on the bottom with the depth on each dock being only 6 feet. I have had a few reports of quality crappie being caught at the mouth of Cedar Creek, but that was before the rain. Another color jig that I think will work with the muddy water is a black/watermelon green/chartreuse. I would say start looking on the channel ledges close to any of the major creeks and maybe a little ways back in the creeks should produce. I do think the spawn will start around mid-week of the first week in March.”