How to beat Lake D’Arbonne’s crappie-fishing crowds

There are 16,000 acres to fish on Lake D’Arbonne. But when crappie stack up in the spring or even when they arrive at popular spawning grounds, it often looks like a boat show on the water.

James Morgan has a simple way to avoid that rodeo.

“I try to go when there … are fish but not as many fishermen,” Morgan said. “It isn’t always easy.”

If you do find yourself having to fight the crowd, Morgan offers some simple advice.

“Just fish like you were going to fish (if there wasn’t any other fishing pressure,” he said. “Don’t let the other boats change what you are doing. Stay the same depth, fish the same speed and use the same lures.

“Don’t try to do what the guy next to you did to catch a fish. Do everything you can to block all the noise out and just fish.

Kinny Haddox
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Kinny Haddox has been writing magazine and newspaper articles about the outdoors in Louisiana for 45 years. He publishes a daily website, lakedarbonnelife.com and is a member of the Louisiana Chapter of the Outdoor Legends Hall of Fame. He and his wife, DiAnne, live in West Monroe.