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#11151481 - 10/08/15 12:09 AM Where have all the crappie gone?
stewage Offline

Registered: 03/13/15
Posts: 139
Loc: Lake Dallas
So I've been fishing some brush piles in 10-17 foot of water. They have been producing consistently, every day I go out, I catch 20-40 crappie anywhere from 4 feet deep to 10 feet deep with about 90% of my fish being way under 10 inches.

For about 3 or 4 weeks now I've been fishing these brush piles and I've noticed, especially as the nights get earlier, the fish disappear as soon as the sun goes down. Almost like clockwork.

I always have to move around the brush piles to stay on top of the fish, but I'm always able to find them again, but once night falls I (should) just give up.

So my question is, is it just bed time for them when the sun goes down, or am I missing the party elsewhere? I'm still pretty new to crappie fishing so forgive me if this is common knowledge.

#11151584 - 10/08/15 06:49 AM Re: Where have all the crappie gone? [Re: stewage]
Dutch1947 Online   content
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Registered: 06/02/10
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Loc: North, TX
When the Sun goes down, they go Hunting!

#11151909 - 10/08/15 10:03 AM Re: Where have all the crappie gone? [Re: stewage]
PKfishin Offline
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Registered: 09/28/12
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I've noticed that too. One the sun gets low, the fishing around bridge pilings goes dead. I usually switch from minnows to a chartreuse crank bait and troll areas where I've marked lots of bait and I'll pick up a few before dark or even some after dark.

I see the same thing on the small crappie. Fished the 515 bridge at fork this week and caught about 15 or so crappie and not a single one was over 9 inches.
John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee.

#11152159 - 10/08/15 12:26 PM Re: Where have all the crappie gone? [Re: stewage]
stewage Offline

Registered: 03/13/15
Posts: 139
Loc: Lake Dallas
Thanks guys, good to know I'm not the only one getting so many small fish. I guess it is a good thing for the future.

I've spent many hours out after dark over the last few weeks, only to get skunked after the sun goes down. The only thing keeping me out is that "One More" fish mentality, fueled by the fact that it had been lights out all day prior.

I guess if I do stay out I may just have to change tactics.

Or maybe I'll just start fishing earlier in the day. banana


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