Even bass fanatics have to eat!

When we last left Dusty Anders, he was exercising his addiction to largemouth bass in Toledo Bend Reservoir. 

Now he was in the mood to eat fish — crappie, or “white perch” as he called them. Anders always did some crappie fishing because he likes to eat fish, but wasn’t keen on keeping bass.

“Have you ever shot any docks,” he threw out, half as a challenge and half as an invitation?

I replied that I had heard of the technique, but had never done it.

“Well, why don’t cha come on up here and we’ll do it?”

Prime times for shooting docks for crappie begin in March, when the fish come in from their deep overwintering waters and last until June, when they move back into deeper waters (but not as deep as in winter) and brush pile fishing heats up.

Dock shooting begins again in late September, ramps up in October and lasts until prolonged cold snaps push the crappie into very deep waters to ride out the winter.

Shooting docks for crappie got started 4 or 5 years ago, he explained. Anders’ first experience with it started with a friend who had been doing it. The pair was bass fishing and the friend’s wife needed fish to fry that night, so they stopped at some docks on the way in.

“I thought that was pretty neat when we did it. Now I go about once a week and catch 15 or 20 to eat. The nice thing is that you don’t have a big investment. You can get a good combo for $30.” 

I quickly learned that one of the good things about this venture