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Kayak Fishing: Attack Shallow Crappie in Stealth Mode

Crappie fishing is often a treasure trove in areas other boats can't reach.

Kayak Fishing: Attack Shallow Crappie in Stealth Mode

Fat slabs are the reward for those willing to blaze trails to out-of-the-way waters others avoid. (Photo by Jim Gronaw)

A Southern angler's heart warms when rising temperatures begin to push fish shallow and make them active. Bass are biting, shad are pulsing in the rivers and trout streams are peaking with both native and stocked fish.

During this time, one of my favorite fishing adventures involves tossing a lightweight kayak in the back of the truck and heading to any of my secret crappie holes. Backwater sloughs, ponds and small public lakes are often ignored in favor of large, well-known reservoirs where spider-rig systems and sonar units ruled the day just a month ago.

Shallow slabs are...

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