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#10777125 - 04/18/15 09:48 AM thinking on Trying to Get Some on Fork
ssfireman Offline
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Registered: 03/31/05
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Loc: Dallas
I was planning on going to Fork. Can anyone give a little help. Like depth or an area. you do not have to be specific. I was thinking shallow but not sure the water temp on fork? May try for a few cats also. THanks Steve
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#10778119 - 04/18/15 08:16 PM Re: thinking on Trying to Get Some on Fork [Re: ssfireman]
Hickory Nut Offline
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Registered: 04/15/08
Posts: 395
Loc: Wichita Falls
The crappie have got me scratching my head. I caught five females in twelve feet of water still had eggs. I worked the shallows in that area and couldn't find any shallow males. Caught four today one in twelve feet, one in eight feet one in six feet and one in two feet. Only one fish at each spot. Here where I clean my fish, there have been several fishermen with quite a few catfish. They have been going north of 2946 bridge by the high lines. Guy earlier today said they were in twenty feet of water.
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#10778346 - 04/18/15 09:40 PM Re: thinking on Trying to Get Some on Fork [Re: ssfireman]
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Loc: West of Ft Worth and South
A small wave of fish spawned during the last full moon. Those fish that have spawned, have moved out to 14 to 18 FOW and have been suspended 7 to 10 foot down on cover.

I am seeing a large mass of fish still holding in the typical pre-spawn patterns and will move in to spawn the week of the next full moon.

The pre spawn females that I am catching are holding in the 7 to 12 FOW and look like they may blow up any min, their so fat.

I am also am finding pre spawn fish holding in deeper water suspended on cover (as seen in the picture below) but, these fish seem to be inactive or only feed for a very short time each day.

I hope this confused you because it has been a great challenge for me this year also! Good luck.




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#10778617 - 04/19/15 03:01 AM Re: thinking on Trying to Get Some on Fork [Re: ssfireman]
fshngaddict Offline
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Registered: 01/11/11
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Loc: Wylie, TX
Now it makes sense..I've caught em from 5' to 20' on the same day...lol
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#10780219 - 04/19/15 09:28 PM Re: thinking on Trying to Get Some on Fork [Re: ssfireman]
Stucky76 Offline
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I bet those females are spawning in deeper water on cover. With the lake fluctuating so much, they are staying put.
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#10781190 - 04/20/15 10:31 AM Re: thinking on Trying to Get Some on Fork [Re: ssfireman]
tboxfish Offline
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Great report Kirk - I'll add my 2 cents in a few on a new post......
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#10781918 - 04/20/15 01:57 PM Re: thinking on Trying to Get Some on Fork [Re: SheCrappieKilla]
SheCrappieKilla Online   content
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Registered: 04/30/13
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Originally Posted By: SheCrappieKilla
A small wave of fish spawned during the last full moon. Those fish that have spawned, have moved out to 14 to 18 FOW and have been suspended 7 to 10 foot down on cover.

I am seeing a large mass of fish still holding in the typical pre-spawn patterns and will move in to spawn the week of the next full moon.

The pre spawn females that I am catching are holding in the 7 to 12 FOW and look like they may blow up any min, their so fat.

I am also am finding pre spawn fish holding in deeper water suspended on cover (as seen in the picture below) but, these fish seem to be inactive or only feed for a very short time each day.

I hope this confused you because it has been a great challenge for me this year also! Good luck.







Todd, this is what I have experienced in the past and what is the normal pattern for the spring spawn is for me.

Under normal spring conditions as the water temps warms a wave of fish will start moving shallow 1 to 2 weeks prior to the full moon in March or earlier if the water temperatures and water conditions are right. I start looking for water temperatures to hit 57F and higher, at 57F is when I fell I can start catching the early arrivals in 10 FOW or less with confidence.

This year:

The water water temperatures were just about right leading up to the full moon but, the water conditions were not ideal for the fish to spawn, resulting in only a small wave of fish to move up and spawn.

Each year, April's full moon will also have a wave of fish move up to spawn. I believe, this year this second wave of fish that moves up shallow to spawn is going to be massive.

Those cold water temperatures and along with the nasty water conditions last month confused a lot of people and some are still even waiting on enough daylight for the fish to spawn.

I still am finding a lot of fish still holding in the typical pre-spawn pattern in 7 to 31 FOW. It is easy to determine that they are pre-spawn because when I catch them they are still full of eggs. They just haven't moved up shallow to spawn yet. (See pictures below.)

I am also catching fish that have spawned out and are suspended on cover in 12 to 18 FOW. Typical post spawn pattern.

This is what I have learned, "crappie are where you find them" and if you know where to look, well it sure makes things easier.







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#10781946 - 04/20/15 02:04 PM Re: thinking on Trying to Get Some on Fork [Re: ssfireman]
Chris H2Os Online   content
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Registered: 05/01/09
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SCK, what amount of daylight and moonlight combined is right for the crappie to spawn?

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#10782202 - 04/20/15 03:37 PM Re: thinking on Trying to Get Some on Fork [Re: Chris H2Os]
SheCrappieKilla Online   content
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Registered: 04/30/13
Posts: 2484
Loc: West of Ft Worth and South
Originally Posted By: Chris H2Os
SCK, what amount of daylight and moonlight combined is right for the crappie to spawn?



I am unable to determine if the amount of daylight plays a role in the spawn.

Crappie will spawn in February (shorter daylight hour) if water temps and conditions are right. The longer the sun is up on a hot day will surly help heat up the water but, that just leads you back to having the proper water temps.

I have Google searched the amount of daylight for crappie to spawn in and every research study and documents that I can find, all list water temperature, hundreds of them. Sunlight doesn't help the eggs development either, from what I have found also.

Hope that answered your question.

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#10782310 - 04/20/15 04:13 PM Re: thinking on Trying to Get Some on Fork [Re: ssfireman]
tboxfish Offline
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I agree Kirk - too many females are holding with full egg sacks. This next wave should be FANTASTIC hooked
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#10782405 - 04/20/15 04:53 PM Re: thinking on Trying to Get Some on Fork [Re: ssfireman]
SheCrappieKilla Online   content
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Registered: 04/30/13
Posts: 2484
Loc: West of Ft Worth and South
Todd, I am Loading the boat with FAT Girls! I wish this pre-spawn stage would last longer, sure can be easy right now.

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#10782655 - 04/20/15 06:52 PM Re: thinking on Trying to Get Some on Fork [Re: ssfireman]
kevlp Offline
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Registered: 06/06/03
Posts: 734
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Heading to Emory on Friday till Monday.
Hoping to get out with the buddy on Fork and put the hurt on some Crappie.
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#10783748 - 04/21/15 07:35 AM Re: thinking on Trying to Get Some on Fork [Re: fshngaddict]
SheCrappieKilla Online   content
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Loc: West of Ft Worth and South
Originally Posted By: fshngaddict
Now it makes sense..I've caught em from 5' to 20' on the same day...lol



Oscar, you ain't fooling me. You are the guy that everyone follows. I know you figured out this pattern long ago. Ha.

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