I got a call from my buddy Pete Hartwell suggesting we go crappie fishing on Saturday. The weatherman had taken his best guess and predicted a perfect 70 degree sunshiny spring weekend and the Dogwood trees were beginning to bloom.

It had been raining most of the week and there was a good chance that Saturday would be a great day for fishing.

Pete’s lake is located near Potosi and we’ve had some good luck there over the years. We were hoping to put some nice fillets in the cooler. Finding a good crappie lake is half the battle and we’ve had some wonderful fishing trips at Pete’s place.

Me with his first crappie of the year at Pete’s lake.

Me with his first crappie of the year at Pete’s lake.

There are several ways to fish for crappie and I’m not claiming to be an expert but I have caught and eaten my fair share over the years. I have to think that the springtime is the best time to fish for crappie and I’ve always heard that when the dogwood trees begin to bloom, you should be heading for the lake.

When Pete and I go after crappie we usually bring an arsenal of jigs and lures along. You never really know what they will be biting on and it’s best to have plenty of options. And as a backup we also bring along a couple dozen minnows.

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