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#11014094 - 08/01/15 05:12 PM Brush Piles
John P085 Offline
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After you set a brush pile, how long do you wait before you fish it? Is there a rule of thumb or do you just keep graphing it until you see fish holding on it?
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#11014100 - 08/01/15 05:20 PM Re: Brush Piles [Re: John P085]
balazs Offline
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It completely depends on the population density of fish and the volume of water they are in. In a tiny 1 acre pond they start associating with structure very quickly, but in a larger lake or river it make take a few months before fish occupy it heavily. Also, if you put it in an area where there is little fish locomotion, they may not ever occupy it consistently. Its good to put it in a spot where fish already travel. Generally it takes a few weeks for algae to cover the brushpile, which subsequently attracts small fry and in turn larger fish.

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#11014127 - 08/01/15 05:45 PM Re: Brush Piles [Re: John P085]
Josh Fulton Offline
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Just start fishing it! When u start catching them u know it's good! I'm being serious! We sank our piles and started fishing the next week! Didn't catch a fish off it till about 6 weeks after!
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#11014132 - 08/01/15 05:47 PM Re: Brush Piles [Re: John P085]
Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad Offline
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Depends on what type of brush you used. Willows tend to hold fish sooner than other trees imo
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#11014287 - 08/01/15 08:12 PM Re: Brush Piles [Re: John P085]
B.Hollingshead Offline
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I've caught them off willows and sweet gum the next day..
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#11014338 - 08/01/15 08:42 PM Re: Brush Piles [Re: John P085]
Josh Fulton Offline
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Ya I agree brad... Don't last as long! I've caught crappie on sunken willows that same day on Proctor back in the day
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#11014354 - 08/01/15 08:58 PM Re: Brush Piles [Re: John P085]
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Roughen up the limbs (natural or PVC/artificial) with some 100 grit sandpaper. Gets the microbes and algae adhering and growing faster.
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#11015251 - 08/02/15 01:20 PM Re: Brush Piles [Re: balazs]
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Originally Posted By: balazs
It completely depends on the population density of fish and the volume of water they are in. In a tiny 1 acre pond they start associating with structure very quickly, but in a larger lake or river it make take a few months before fish occupy it heavily. Also, if you put it in an area where there is little fish locomotion, they may not ever occupy it consistently. Its good to put it in a spot where fish already travel. Generally it takes a few weeks for algae to cover the brushpile, which subsequently attracts small fry and in turn larger fish.


Well said
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#11015345 - 08/02/15 02:21 PM Re: Brush Piles [Re: John P085]
Jaret Latta Offline
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If its a spot holding fish frequently, within a day. If you are "creating" a spot its trial and error if they will even use the pile. Put out a bunch, a few will produce typically

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#11016034 - 08/02/15 08:53 PM Re: Brush Piles [Re: John P085]
Troutnout Offline
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Good info
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