Well had a great few days up at Mary with the family. A lil' cold at night and bummer on the fire restrictions, but had a lot of fun.
First night we set out lights at the mouth of a cove adjacent to the dam. Graphed fish anywhere from 4-8 ft. over 10-12 ft. of water. Found a group bunched up tightly like crappie after trolling around for 30 min. There was a lot of fish on the graph. Anchors out, and we had 4 poles with JD, BBC, Fire Tiger, and Wally jigs. Full moon didn't help the light situation (used with lights) nor did the muddy water, but we did have a few small fish(looked different from shad in the desert lakes) show up to play. We tried for 3 hrs. before the kids were tired and all we caught was 1 small walleye.
Day 2 we used crank baits since that is what I caught crappie on last year. We did well with the other species on the lake, but no slabs. Night fishing only produced a couple small channel cats. Tried going a bit deeper in the same spot as night before.
Day 3 finally saw two other guys on a boat catch a nice crappie right in front of our camp across from the Narrows. He was using a Panther Martin. Talked to 8 different boats over those 3 days and those were the only guys to catch a crappie. I'm thinking the water needs to warm up some more. The fish I graphed I'm convinced were crappie and we were trying different colors and depths. Also FWIW I spoke with the Lake Mary store owner who said they aren't getting many reports on crappie success right now.
Will definitely head back up there in July maybe even squeeze in a 2 day trip in mid-late June.