The crappie bite is good. BIG fish are biting. The fall feeding frenzy is winding down, but the bite is still very good. This is the time of year almost everyone on the lake is after a mess of crappie. Fall crappie fishing on Rend lake is incredible!!
Lots of big fish are caught in November.
Currently fish are being caught in deeper water around 8-14 feet of water. Some fish are being caught under the bridges and along the rocks. Fish about a foot off the bottom. If the water in 10 foot fish about 9 foot. Crappies eyes are towards the top of their bodies. They can not see down. they can only see up. If your fishing blow them you will not catch them. I have been seeing several fish caught from the docks at the Rend lake resort. Jigs and minnows seem to be working equally well. My color choice of jig on Rend lake is a red/chart in 1.5 - 2.0 inch
Kids enjoy the action take them fishing.
If fishing from the bank I would recommend the concrete wall at the sailboat harbor boat ramp or off the docks at the Rend lake resort. I saw crappie being caught off the resort docks today.
The catfish bite is OK. Main lake drifting is the most popular technique.
Pick your spot, cast some lines out, and let them drag the bottom as you drift across the lake! It doesn't really matter where you drift.
The key is to play the wind letting it push you across the main lake.
If you have an east wind start at the Rend lake resort or the sail boat harbor and let the wind push you west.
If you have west wind start at Jackie branch or the Sandusky branch and let the wind push you east. You will catch fish..
You can fish from the shore about anywhere around the lake and catch catfish. Fish on the bottom.
My choice of baits are shad gut, leaches, shrimp, or night crawlers, but other nasty stuff will work. My favorite is shad gut.
Rend lake is a GREAT catfish lake. I would argue the best in the state.
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December 4, 2013
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