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03-30-2016 04:06 PM
Neal/CO I picked off quite a few at Pueblo last year trolling cranks over flooded timber. I would suspect they got off a good spawn last year? Did anyone else notice all the perch that were showing up also?

No one needs more than 10 a trip, that would be a good start.
03-30-2016 03:15 PM
rivrunnr1 16-17" crappie are sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet
03-30-2016 02:45 PM
Dave M
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Originally Posted by aofisher View Post
For an anarchist (I'm guessing based on your musical taste), you sure like regulations!

Stable water level and warmer water. As far as regulations go, lower limits would help but I view crappies as food more than trophies. They are here, they are here. They ain't, no biggie. Might as well just let the folks enjoy it while they are here, which is cyclical and highly dependent on water level in this part of the world.

Me too, I enjoy the eff out of crappie fillets and there's few things more fun than a constant crappie bite.

I also know unlike the place you and I slaughtered them a few years back... Opportunities for em are few and far between in Colorado. I'd be for more tighter regs in the front range and a more liberal bag out east if the water is proven to grow lots of decent eaters.
03-30-2016 02:39 PM
Dave M
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Originally Posted by Ninja View Post
40?

Damn, what the F&$K were they smokin' when they thought that was good management?
Before all the Calitexans invaded our state this was perfectly feasible. Crappie are like a lot of other warmwater fish.. You get too many of them they will take over a lake and get stunted...
This lake I used to fish called Lake sahoma in sapulpa ok is an example of this.... Lots of bait stealing baby slabs, it's why they eventually threw wipers in the lake, and enforced a strict b & p limit on wipers. (This lake was a smaller lake... About the size of lonetree). I'd catch them to keep alive and throw in the family ponds later on.
There's a few other ponds around here that are the same way. There's nothing wrong with keeping a few eater crappies... But the one thing I'll agree with the trout juggalo on is that this isn't the south or Midwest, where every ditch is connected to a reservoir or backwater.. And we have twice the population as we do now. Constantly Keeping an okie limit of crappies out of a lake like Quincy will ruin that place.

I also remember when the trout limit was 8. Lol.
03-30-2016 02:21 PM
aofisher
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Originally Posted by Dave M View Post
More regulation.
For an anarchist (I'm guessing based on your musical taste), you sure like regulations!

Stable water level and warmer water. As far as regulations go, lower limits would help but I view crappies as food more than trophies. They are here, they are here. They ain't, no biggie. Might as well just let the folks enjoy it while they are here, which is cyclical and highly dependent on water level in this part of the world.
03-30-2016 02:16 PM
COpanfishin
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I think it's a number of factors that come into play with our lakes not producing crappie like that consistently. My biggest crappie have always come from ponds scattered around the metro area. Ponds that don't have crazy crappie populations but the crappie in there seem to get big. My biggest in Colorado was a hair over 17 caught from a neighborhood pond when I was a kid.

I fish a few private bodies of water that have little to no pressure and zero harvest. Shad forage base, lots of docks, plenty of cover, etc.... The crappie here top out at about 15 but they're thick beyond belief. I wonder if harvesting some fish would thin the heard enough to let some of these fish grow bigger, or if there's just an ingredient missing to allow these fish to grow to huge sizes. Don't get me wrong a 15 inch crappie isn't a poke in the eye, but the difference between a 15 and a 17 is huge.
I think that almost more than the change to the regs you would need the forage base to be able to support all of the predation from not only the crappies but also all of the bass, walleyes, etc that will also target them. you would also need the right size of predators to knock down the smaller crappies that would allow for more of the large crappies to get even bigger. Smaller bass can only eat a certain size of fish and the crappie that are too big to be eaten will grow even bigger.
03-30-2016 11:08 AM
Dave M
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Baaaahahahahahaha! I figured I would get a reaction, just not from you Z! Crappie is fish for folks who really don't like fish! Don't get me wrong, I eat em and dig it, but they are like Tilapia (only slightly less disgusting). The meat is rather flavorless and it's super soft with little texture. The white bass are bigger, firmer meat and have better flavor IMO. It's not in any way a nasty fish taste, but rather a more meaty flavor. I know you love meat Z, give em a chance!

Crappie are def hit and miss in the past 10 or so years... From 95-2002 or so, I had them so dialed in it was just a matter of going... hasn't been like that for a while. Fortunately, John Martin will have the most obnoxious population of white bass in state history for a while!
Between Swanson and John Martin, Lots of decisions.....
03-30-2016 10:05 AM
Ninja I'm learning the hard way Kenny!!
03-30-2016 10:04 AM
dieseldoctor I think it's a number of factors that come into play with our lakes not producing crappie like that consistently. My biggest crappie have always come from ponds scattered around the metro area. Ponds that don't have crazy crappie populations but the crappie in there seem to get big. My biggest in Colorado was a hair over 17 caught from a neighborhood pond when I was a kid.

I fish a few private bodies of water that have little to no pressure and zero harvest. Shad forage base, lots of docks, plenty of cover, etc.... The crappie here top out at about 15 but they're thick beyond belief. I wonder if harvesting some fish would thin the heard enough to let some of these fish grow bigger, or if there's just an ingredient missing to allow these fish to grow to huge sizes. Don't get me wrong a 15 inch crappie isn't a poke in the eye, but the difference between a 15 and a 17 is huge.

There are a few lakes that I know of with minimum size limits on crappie. I've never targeted crappie at these lakes so I'm not sure of how effective these size limits are.

Awesome Thread.
03-30-2016 10:03 AM
mrwigglestheworm
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Originally Posted by Ninja View Post
and lips sealed!
Yeah, well, I don't know if you've noticed, but when it comes to lakes and fishing in general, I don't seem to do a whole lot of talking...

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