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#1225445 - 03/09/09 09:11 AM Re: 12 in crappie minimum..... [Re: ]
B.D.
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Registered: 03/24/08
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The "un-bunch your panties" part of my post was uncalled for, and I withdraw it. I should wake up a little more before I start posting. \:\)

Anyway, my comments were solely directed at the "freezer fillers," as you called them. I wasn't trying to lecture you on conservation at all, just talking about what I remember from the "old days." I have no problem with people keeping fish, within reason, and crappie can certainly withstand some harvest as long as it doesn't go overboard.

I agree with you 100 percent on the Clinch.

bd

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#1226109 - 03/09/09 05:02 PM Re: 12 in crappie minimum..... [Re: ]
OldHunter
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I wish I could fill my freezer right now. It wouldn't take much, to much venison in there. \:\)

I have fond memories of my Dad and his best friend filling the cabin freezer(s) with Crappie. (in the basement)

They had an old washing machine out back that had been modified to have a chicken wire basket. They could put a good mess of crappie in there.

Turn it on and in about 15 minutes the scales would be pouring out of the bottom of that washer and the fish would be slick as a whistle

They had numerous 1 gallon milk jugs with the about the top 25% cut away. They then filled the jugs with water about halfway full and placed the fish in them with the tail up.

These jugs would hold a mess of crappie.

It was always a treat for me to go down there and open a freezer and see all those tails sticking out of those jugs.:)

Finally they also had a gas grill modified to be a fish cooker and they cooked so often they would never change the grease until May 1rst. They never crappie fished after May 1rst. (catfish biten then).

Sorry this is so long but I never, ever saw those guys throw away fish. Give away yes but not throw away. (they also never filleted a crappie) It really is better fried whole.

So if you ever saw my dad and his best friend at the ramp with a load of slabs you can rest assured they weren't wasted.

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#1226136 - 03/09/09 05:13 PM Re: 12 in crappie minimum..... [Re: OldHunter]
stik
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i can remember days when i was a kid catching crappies and having to make 2 trips up the hill to carry all the fish. and you can bet, every last one was eaten.
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#1226139 - 03/09/09 05:15 PM Re: 12 in crappie minimum..... [Re: stik]
nbforrest#3
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I wish there was a 9 inch minimum today.

Thats about all that was hitting
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#1226153 - 03/09/09 05:22 PM Re: 12 in crappie minimum..... [Re: ]
OldHunter
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 Originally Posted By: captain hook
Don't know what it means, but me and buddy pounded 30 keepers in 1.5 hours today on Loudon. Whenever the limit was 30 it would take us longer, but we would usually catch our 60 fish limits of 10" plus fish in half a day.

There seems to be no shortage of 10"+ fish IMO. Alot of the fish we had today were around 12" but very few over 12".

I would again, not like a 12" min. on crappie here, and wish they would up the limit back to 30 fish. It just doesn't take very long to catch 15.


Captain, you should think about fishing professionally. If you have those skills let them pay you! Good Luck.

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#1226180 - 03/09/09 05:53 PM Re: 12 in crappie minimum..... [Re: B.D.]
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i would have to see it to believe that crappie would overpopulate in the tennessee river system with a twelve inch minimum, with the abundance of predator fish in that river. what about fifty years ago when fishing pressure had zero affect on the population? was there a time back then that the lake was overpopulated? never heard of it. that argument is most likely a crutch for folks who don't want to work for their fish. by the way, once the fish get larger, it's no harder to catch a good mess of big ones than the ten inch babies so many bucket fishermen are content with. some of you guys need to grow up and develop some better standards.
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#1226225 - 03/09/09 06:22 PM Re: 12 in crappie minimum..... [Re: ]
B.D.
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I don't think the crappie would overpopulate and stunt in a reservoir as big as Kentucky Lake or Old Hickory. Too much room and too much forage. It's not like a farm pond where they can crowd out.

On the other hand, if a crappie's average life expectancy is 4.5 years and the growth rate takes them 5 years to reach 12 inches, you can impose 12 inch size limits from Memphis to Bristol and you aren't going to get many keeper fish.

bd


Edited by Brian Dunigan (03/09/09 06:22 PM)

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#1226791 - 03/09/09 10:03 PM Re: 12 in crappie minimum..... [Re: ]
Anonymous TnDeer Old Timer
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i don't know or care about life expectancy of a fish. that is more crap. i do know crappie get big in the tennessee river.
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#1226838 - 03/09/09 10:12 PM Re: 12 in crappie minimum..... [Re: ]
B.D.
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 Originally Posted By: deerlawyer
i don't know or care about life expectancy of a fish.


Well, the biologists do - the regs work better if there's some science to back them up. Turns out crappie don't live forever.

I guess if they did, we could set a 30 inch size limit on crappie and all have fun catching giant ones. But it doesn't work that way.

bd

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#1227304 - 03/10/09 06:05 AM Re: 12 in crappie minimum..... [Re: B.D.]
Radar
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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."
http://www.tennesseesportsmanmag.com/fishing/crappies-panfish-fishing/TN_0209_01/
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