Changing spring crappie tactics

Posted February 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm

By Kenneth L. Kieser
Northeast News
February 18, 2013

The old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” has been the downfall of many fishermen. I fall into this stubborn group of anglers that never change tactics, especially in spring when weather conditions dictate changing crappie tactics. My old ploy was to anchor over crappie beds and dip live minnows. A young fisherman recently changed my way of thinking about spring crappie.

I seldom miss an opportunity to crappie fish, especially with friends. I gratefully accepted Jeff Faulkenberry’s generous invitation to join him for a post-spawn trip on Truman Lake in late April, 2012. My friend is an accomplished fishing guide out of Bucksaw Marina on Missouri’s Truman Lake and radio personality on Johnny Everhart’s Missouri Outback radio

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    A Christmas trout fishing trip

    Posted December 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    December 17, 2012

    Lake Taneycomo, located by Branson, Mo., is legendary for its well-stocked rainbow trout population.  Consistently cold water from the bottom of Table Rock Lake keeps Taneycomo water chilled enough for trout survival, even during the heat of summer. A complex dam with water chutes

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    Hooked on Fishing – Never on Drugs

    Posted July 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    July 24, 2012

    This recent news item made me sick: “Young man on meth kills two young Northland mothers.”

    I feel horrible for the young women who lost their lives and

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    Gator stories

    Posted May 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Northeast News
    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    May 9, 2012

    Imagine living in a water world filled with alligators. This would put a new slant on skinny dipping or even reaching your hand in the water to check a limb line. We have snakes that bite, but none will tear off a limb like

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    Fathers and sons on the White River

    Posted April 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    By Kenneth L. Kieser
    Northeast News
    April 4, 2012

    Waters flowing down the White River mark passages of time. Fathers and sons have fished and hunted these waters for centuries. Trips to this river started as a means of survival in food and clothing. Today, returns are measured in recreation and good meals,

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