When Randy Tull of Independence talks crappie
fishing at Elk City Reservoir, it’s wise to listen. This angler has fished his favorite
coves there since 1966, and it’s a rare evening when he doesn’t catch a basketful.
Mostly, he catches white crappies, though his biggest at Elk City was a black crappie
that weighed 3-1/2 pounds. He caught it near the dock in the state park.
Tull’s job makes him an evening angler, and a two-hour trip this week showed that
the spawn is still on at Elk City. He kept about 20, including a 2-1/4 pound female.
All were caught from the bank in a state park cove from cedar brush piles he put out earlier.
“I’ve been out here since about 3 o’clock and fishing these banks and these crappie
are coming in here chasing these shad and some of them are spawning, and catching them
on jigs and putting a little crappie nibble on them. And the color really is kind of immaterial
– they’ll hit just about anything. “The water depth has been anywhere from
about a foot down to about three and a half. Right off the banks, and they’re mostly
in cedar brush. “I think there’s still some that are spawning.
As long as we have the weather hold out, we’ll continue to see some fish come into these
areas.” Elk City Reservoir is a popular crappie destination,
and the state park boat launch area usually produces excellent bank fishing during spawn.
Though right now is the best time to catch crappies, good fishing should continue in
deeper water for those who keep track of the crappie schools.
Enjoy the spring weather and visit Elk City Reservoir and State Park this weekend. Experience
for yourself some of Kansas’ best crappie fishing.
I’m Mike Blair for Kansas Wildlife and Parks.