Cutting Mississippi’s massive Granada Lake down to size takes talent and a bit of redneck ingenuity
1 GET THE EDGE
As the water level climbs on Granada, it inspires the crappies to start moving toward the shallows in preparation for the spawn. These fish will stop at the first significant break or piece of structure, so this is where Haynes begins his search.
“You can look at a lake map and see where the depth breaks are,” says Haynes. “So, drive around in your truck until you see the edge of the water near one of these breaks, and start fishing.” He uses a 10-foot pole and ties a small jig to 2 feet of line that dangle from its tip.
“Drop a chartreuse-and-orange jig about 12 inches under the water near the bush tops. You jig a little bit, and either get bit or move.”
2 PLAYING SNAG
Snagging crappies might seem crude to some, but it is highly effective—and legal—in Mississippi.
“This deal starts out in January,” says Haynes. The colder the night, the better it is. When they start running water to fill up the lake, crappies get sucked down the tube and will stack up on the riprap below the dam. These fish will not bite because they are dazed. So, we snag ’em.”
Rig up tandem jig heads about a foot apart on your 10-foot crappie pole, leaving about 9 feet of line dangling from the tiptop.
“Stand on the edge of that riprap bank and drop your line out. You’ll feel your jigheads bump into the fish, and you just set the hook.”
10-foot crappie rod 10-pound-test mono make a short flip cast and let jigs sink with current; set the hook on contact 2¹∕₈-ounce jigs tied in tandem