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Oklahoma Crappie moving shallow
Check out this week's fishing report from lakes across Oklahoma and you
will soon detect a recurring theme.

"Crappie fishing good on jigs in shallow water near brush."

The reports, compiled by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
personnel and other individuals, are singing a similar tune - crappie
fishing is picking up. Crappie fishing is one of the most popular fishing
opportunities available and the action is heating up across the Sooner
State.

"This is certainly the time of year when anglers begin catching crappie
in shallow water," said Barry Bolton, assistant fisheries chief for the
Department.

According to Bolton, crappie can be found moving into shallow water to
spawn once the water temperature reaches the upper 50s to lower 60s.
Crappie spawning generally takes place in water only 18 to 36 inches deep.

"The best place to fish for crappie this time of year is around brush in
shallow water," Bolton added. "A small jig or minnow is often very
effective and the nice thing is, you can be very successful fishing from
shore."

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