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I'm going camping with my boyfriend at East Fork State Park in a couple weeks, and I'm looking forward to doing some fishing. I've (unfortunately) only been fishing a handful of times in my life, my boyfriend's only been once, and thus I have no delusions as to our level of expertise. I've been doing a little research and I understand that East Fork is a good lake for crappie, which I also understand taste pretty good. I check the DNR website for current regulations, and I understand that the limits this year (do they even change?) are no more than thirty fish of at least nine inches end to end (mouth closed and tailfin compressed). I have not been fishing for crappie before, in fact I've only been fishing here in Ohio once, and with my mother and younger brother there, my dad and I didn't catch anything. Since crappie seem to be a fairly lightweight fish on average, I think that the poles we have in the garage should be fine (if not over-powered), but I could be wrong. I've heard that they'll take both live bait, waxworms and minnows (in the case of larger fish, I guess?), and lures, and that you should use smaller hooks because they have smaller mouthes. I've also heard that, if you're there on a good day, they can keep biting all day long, from shore or boat. I would like some advice from more seasoned fishermen (or fisher women! :p) on rods and reels, tackle, bait, when to fish, where to fish on the lake (if you're willing to share), and technique (also if you're willing to share).

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Never fished crappie there, but I know you probably won't do any good bank fishin for them now. Not sayin you may not catch a few, but I highly doubt you'd limit out this time of year and without a boat.
What I would do is go to the public beach (south side off 125) and facing the lake go to the far left and park. You'll see a point. Go there and throw chicken liver into the main lake (there's a sand bar) and throw out as far as you can. You should tear up the stripper.
I use a slip rig on the bottom and leave my bail open. When/if they hit, let em run a bit. If conditions are right, you'll need a few tubs of liver and one pole per person (it's hard to keep two poles in the water).
Let me know how you guys do. It's been a few years since I've fished there, but the years I did we tore em up.


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