Crappie Basics 163: Oxbow Lakes

Everyone knows that oxbow lakes can be good fishing in the spring. However, early summer offers good post-spawn fishing before the water gets etremely hot.

Look for the outside bends in an oxbow lake. It’s usually a little deeper and where crappie will likely be holding. Look for laydowns, logs and brush just as you would on any other lake.

A final tip for oxbows: take plenty of minnows. Gar and other rough fish will require you to take three to four times as many minnows as you would in man-made reservoirs and lakes. If you like action, there will be many bites both from crappie and other species. -TH