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#1168194 - 02/07/09 03:30 PM Pre-Spawn Crappie Moving In
rsimms
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Today was my first foray to see if any pre-spawn crappie are starting to move into the creeks on Chickamauga Lake.

They are!

Me and Ed McCoy smoked 'em good.



We were honestly surprised. We started fishing about 7:45 and put our 30th keeper in the boat at 1:30. We caught roughly a 1:1 ratio of keepers to throwbacks... and had four fish that were 14-inches-plus (two were 14 & 7/8ths, but wouldn't quite stretch to TARP length)



The overwhelming majority (app. 25) were white crappie... a really big surprise to me. It was the most white crappie I've put in the boat on Chickamauga Lake in several years.



The majority came from 9 to 13 feet of water on a flat adjacent to the creek channel. Trolling 16th oz. tube jigs... chartreuse, yellow/chartreuse & red/chartreuse were the best colors (note "chartreus" was the common element).

It was never fast and furious, but using the slow & steady "tortoise" approach... we just kept hammering away on them. It was great fun and a pleasant surprise since we both went figuring it was going to be more of a "scouting trip" than a "catching trip."

Which means of course that life is good and gettin' better every day!
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#1168206 - 02/07/09 03:46 PM Re: Pre-Spawn Crappie Moving In [Re: rsimms]
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That's a good string there. I'm headin to watts bar tomorrow.
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#1168235 - 02/07/09 04:39 PM Re: Pre-Spawn Crappie Moving In [Re: ]
trealtree
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The TARP length for crappie is 14" . Nice fish!


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#1168239 - 02/07/09 04:45 PM Re: Pre-Spawn Crappie Moving In [Re: trealtree]
rsimms
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 Originally Posted By: trealtree
The TARP length for crappie is 14" . Nice fish!


Oh yea! Don't know what I was thinking. Thanks.
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#1168240 - 02/07/09 04:47 PM Re: Pre-Spawn Crappie Moving In [Re: rsimms]
go_okfishin
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Man great job. I'm going somewhere Wednesday.
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#1168254 - 02/07/09 05:13 PM Re: Pre-Spawn Crappie Moving In [Re: go_okfishin]
buckdead
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looks like yall had alot of fun. i cant way till they start spawning.
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#1168504 - 02/07/09 09:29 PM Re: Pre-Spawn Crappie Moving In [Re: buckdead]
Umpire
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nice mess of fish
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#1168544 - 02/07/09 09:46 PM Re: Pre-Spawn Crappie Moving In [Re: Umpire]
shopson
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My wife would be happy to see me come home with that mess.
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#1168610 - 02/07/09 10:24 PM Re: Pre-Spawn Crappie Moving In [Re: shopson]
THE ONE
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nice
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#1168621 - 02/07/09 10:42 PM Re: Pre-Spawn Crappie Moving In [Re: THE ONE]
BigGame
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We gave em a try Friday and didnt get the first touch. The water temp was thirty eight degrees and we figured they were out in the river chanel in a thermalcline. It is good to see someone catching them. Send some on down to Kentucky lake.
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