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#1227304 - 03/10/09 06:05 AM Re: 12 in crappie minimum..... [Re: B.D.]

Registered: 08/19/01
Posts: 31145
Loc: Kansas City, Mo.

One thing that has to taken into consideration ,especially on KY lake is the wide lake level fluctuations during the spring that can wipe out a year class.
I have seen flood levels when the crappie go up into the bushes to spawn , then the TVA drops the bottom out , leaving the beds high and dry. Drought conditions also have a negative effect on the population.
I believe it takes 3 years to reach 10."

#1227376 - 03/10/09 06:23 AM Re: 12 in crappie minimum..... [Re: Radar]
captain hook
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Registered: 11/20/07
Posts: 4340
Loc: Knoxville

Interesting thoughts Scott, and we may be luckier on the mainstream lakes in this region. Loudon, Tellico, and Watts Bar usually don't do anything but rise, and only rise a foot or two which may make for more successful hatches each spring.
Fear Obama

#1232570 - 03/12/09 03:14 PM Re: 12 in crappie minimum..... [Re: captain hook]
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Registered: 03/24/08
Posts: 1484
Loc: Hendersonville TN

It depends on when the water comes up.

I remember reading at one point that Watts Bar was having problems because the crappie would start spawning at winter pool level, and then the water would come up and the spawn would be ruined because the beds were too deep. I think they were going to adjust the date when they started filling to summer pool to try and help the crappie, but I don't live in that area so I don't know if it ever got done or not.


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