Eric, Adam and I head out after work today looking to just hit the lake. Work has been keeping most of us busy the last few weeks and off the water for the most part, so an afternoon we all had free was all we need to make a quick trip over to our local lake Clinton Res. The plan today was to work over the crappie for a few hours until the evening wiper bite started.
We started the day driving around using our electronics to find brush piles that held fish. This time of year the best bite for crappie seems to come on a minnow hanging in or around a brush pile in 12 to 22 ft of water. Today was no different! We spent 3 hours using one rod each pulling crappie out of brush at various stops along the lake.
After some solid wiper action we headed over to one of our favorite wiper spots to see if they where awake. With the overall lack of wind we where a little worried the wipers would be scatter and not on their usual spots chasing chad. After only being in our spot about 10 minutes a huge exposing of fish happened about 200 yards a way. We quickly motored over to surfacing fish and started casting to them. The next hour produced some the crazies top water action for wipers I have seen. Casting sassy shad to surfacing fish produced hard fighting strikes over and over for the next 45 minutes. After the surfacing action died, the fish where still chasing shad but it was at the bottom now, so as we saw the fish on our depth finder we would just let our baits drop to the bottom and bounce it along producing another 15 minutes of hard fighting fish.