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Planning a trip to Norman next weekend looking for spots (Crappie advice welcome, too). Had a guided trip a couple of years ago with awesome results. Fished humps in open lake with pretty heavy swimbaits. Has it changed much?
 

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Heres some "crappie advice"...the fish are in the water! I have no idea about Norman but I couldnt resist!

Gene - Red》X《 - Asheboro
 

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Topwater has been hot until about 8-9am then it dies off, jerkbaits work well after that, and dragging the bottom with some rubber as well. Most of the fish are post spawn and are working their way out to the deeper water so long points are producing pretty well, I am sure some humps are holding fish and that swimbaits will work I just havent fished em recently but on that note I have caught a few fish that come out of the water puking up shad about 3in long. Water is clear and between 74-78deg depending on time. Good luck and I hope this helps.
 

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You oughta get on the Norman train.. Have you ever felt the pull of a healthy spot? Hey, if they're in the water, they're eating something at some point.
 

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If you want to target fishing humps or shoels I found using Google Earth and Navionics Web app is deadly combination. Ill look on Navionics to find the humps then go over to Google Earth and see how far I need to sit out from the humps its a good way to save time and not riding around just looking you already know where you need to go.
 

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I've had good luck around the islands where Davidson creek intersection with the main Chanel , across from the Bettie's ford boat launch, there are a few shoals on the edge of deep water close to that launch as well.for crappie- my best advice is to find the deep water brush piles, some folks on the lake have some pretty big brush piles right off the ends of there docks that hold nice crappie.
 

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Thank you, Gentlemen. We definitely planned on hitting the docks. For some reason, our guide wouldn't touch 'em. Didn't know if out of respect to the owners or he knew the fish wouldn't be there. He put us on spots in places I wouldv'e never dreamed of fishing i.e. dead middle of the lake!
 

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Thats what guides do. If im paying a guide its because I want to catch the fish I dont normally find!

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Thank you, Gentlemen. We definitely planned on hitting the docks. For some reason, our guide wouldn't touch 'em. Didn't know if out of respect to the owners or he knew the fish wouldn't be there. He put us on spots in places I wouldv'e never dreamed of fishing i.e. dead middle of the lake!
Im still working on figuring that one out, did yall catch any size?
 

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14-18" range, 2-2 1/2 lb. Nothing to write home about, but like Fish Fiend said, we were catchin something we had never caught before. And those boogers pull!
 

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Thank you to all. I will be reporting the results. Stay tuned...... Hate to say it, but new water intimidates me, so i'll be taking some redworms for back-up. (I call it "new" because my brother-in-law and I will be guide-less).
 

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If all else fails, go up river past the Buffalo Shoals bridge. The water is about 7 to 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the lake and the bass will be current oriented...around docks, lay downs and bridges. It's one of my go to areas for the warmer months.
 
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