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Saguaro is not classic crappie water. They like some areas of trees and brushy flats. Saguaro is long, narrow and deep. But there are some coves that have the right kind of structure. You really gotta look hard to find any crappies though.
Roosevelt was always my go to lake for lots of crappies...and every year some kid seemed to catch a big bass over 10 pounds on a crappie jig and a Barbie pole.
This is prime time for the yellows. Mid April was always my magic marker. And Butcher Jones is one of the better places to target them. I used to do well by working just a few feet south of the buoy line...marking off the swim area. For some reason they set up feeding in that area just about every year. Best depth would usually be 12 to 14 feet. They move in schools and once you find them you can usually do pretty well. Some hang near the bottom while others suspend a few feet up. You can catch a lot by jigging deep and then bringing your lure up through the water column.
I used mostly small jigs...tipped with crawler or bits of yellow bass flesh. Yes, they are cannibals. Small jigging spoons like Kastmasters or Cleos work well too. If you have fresh shad use a whole or half shad and it is money.
Just be prepared for some harder tugs while you are fishing for the yellows. I have caught lots of nice cats, some largies and even a few stray walleyes in that same area...fishing the same way.
Here's a pic of a basket of the tasty little morsels.
By the way do you ever get down this way? If you ever do let me know and we'll do some fishin.
Might be looking at a trip about this time next year. If we do we will come prepared and give you a shout.
It has been warm this past week and that has got water temps getting up into the best zone for fish activity. But another storm is coming in tomorrow. Mama Nature needs to get back on her meds.