leave the weeds, they head for soft-bottom areas," he says.
We used angling to collect black crappies
on our study lakes.
Brian Cofske is a crappie
fisherman - one of the best in Massachusetts.
In northern California where I fish, we see 1- to 2-pound crappie
and some up to 3 pounds.
In Weiss Reservoir, 18% and 3% of the crappies
were electrophoretically identified [TABULAR DATA FOR TABLE 1 OMITTED] as [F.sub.1] and [F.sub.x] hybrids, respectively.
I not only see crappies
in the wood below the boat, I can see them react to the jig.
We have little practical experience with using sound to attract crappies
, but sound should work to alert fish that something is in the area.
"Where can I find decent crappie
fishing right now, since I've moved my clocks ahead and changed the fishing line on two of my reels?"
Even in lakes with plenty of bulrush fields, the wrong combination of depth, substrate, and intermixed plant species can prevent crappies
from visiting these zones, either for spawning or for feeding.
A lead shot a foot above the minnow keeps it lively to attract crappies
in turbid or tannin-stained water, yet anchored enough so it can't get away.
Case in point is an exceptional population of large black crappies
that persists in a popular midsize Minnesota lake, a fishery Isermann knows well.
were common in the diet in both lake regions during spring when they were the most important item in the upper region and second most important in the lower region.
Researchers found that for saltatory feeding crappies
, prey location ability is greatest in the "forward-facing hemisphere." Most pursuits occur in the 0- to 30-degree wedge of the visual field (0 degrees being a line straight forward from the eyes).
In early fall, before we see those classic formations on sonar, crappies
tend to be scattered.
It's always surprised me that as the spawn season wraps, a lion-share of anglers forget about crappies
and bluegills--at least anywhere panfish vacate shallow water in favor of deeper, less-conspicuous haunts.