What a slab!
What a lake!
What a state!
That was my first impression of Lake Washington in Chatham Mississippi.
When my buddy Tim Blackley called me to say we would be fishing a new lake this year while visiting the ‘big mamma’ state of Mississippi I was at first a little hesitant to say ‘yippee’ as I have witnessed first hand the incredible crappie fishing of Grenada and Sardis Lakes and wanted to go back to those lakes as soon as possible, but Tim assured me that Lake Washington was maybe not as advertised as the other lakes, but produced some giant sized crappie.
We arrived at Lake Washington in early March with clear skies and low winds, perfect for our chosen presentation of the day, ‘tight lining spider rig with small jigs’ between eighteen to twenty four inches below the surface.
Our host on this trip was Mike Jones, owner of Bait `n Thangs and Southern Star cabins and RV park in the heart of Chatham MS. After our initial introduction, Mike shared some very useful information about the crappie fishing on Lake Washington and gave us a little history of the lake.
I grabbed some honey buns and energy drinks and off to the boat ramp we went.
Tim has been competing in crappie tournaments for some time and has a good track record for locating slabs on almost any body of water he fishes, so I was very confident he would turn on his ‘hound dog’ spidey-sense and figure out these suspending slabs of Lake Washington in no time.
And no sooner than we baited up our poles and alternated the depths to see exactly where these crappie might be located in the water column, Tim gets the first fish of the day and its a solid two pound slab! Now I am impressed.
Was it a fluke? Was it just plain luck, getting a slab that big first thing in the morning?
No sir, the next five hours of tight line trolling on a specific route Tim located almost in the middle of the lake, produced so many fish, we lost count and simply fished on for the ‘big mamma’ slabs that this lake was notorious for. Another important factor was matching the exact speed of every drift to continue catching these bigger than average crappie. Tim has got it down to a science. Lucky me.
Now I have never caught a three pound crappie. That’s similar to catching a ten pound bass in most states but with the amount of two plus pounders we saw, Tim was confident one of us was going to get a three pound crappie before days end.
I’m not going to spoil the ending, but I’m sure when you see first hand the monster crappie we landed and released on this day, you too will be driven to visit Lake Washington and catch your own fish of a lifetime.
Visit Southern Star – Bait `n Thangs @ 662-827-2666 Mike Jones.
Catch Krappie Kings TV on lake Washington right here on the Sportsman Channel Saturday’s @ 8:30am; Thursday @ 3:30pm Fridays @ 6:30am ET