Look for the crappie and white bass fishing action to pick up in the next week or so. Late March and early April normally marks the start of spawning season for these two species.
As these fish position themselves in pre-spawn staging areas, they will gorge on available forage, offering Oklahoma anglers a window of opportunity to fill up their stringers.
“Three things really trigger the spawn: longer days, warmer temperatures and rain,” said Barry Bolton, Chief of Fisheries for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
White bass, also called sand bass, will hold in the mouths of creeks and rivers at this time of year, waiting for the rain to increase water flows. As water levels rise, look for the sand bass run to start.
“With the rain this week, sand bass action should be picking up this weekend in the southeastern part of the state,” Bolton said.
Crappie will hold on flats, in depths ranging from 6 to 20 feet, looking for baitfish. Once water temperatures rise into the mid- to high-50s, these fish will look for shallow cover, in depths ranging from 18 inches to 3 feet, to spawn.
Days following rain in the next two weeks will offer the best opportunities to find active fish.