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#11311662 - 12/30/15 08:35 AM Brushpiles
G Love Offline
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Registered: 06/03/10
Posts: 1777
Loc: Weatherford, TX
I'm lookin to get into crappie fishin a little more than I have been. I have a decent base layer of knowledge on it and am looking to sink a brush pile or two. Basically i'm looking for info on how to look for, and where to look for a good spot to do so. Should I prep it in any way? Or depth of water as well. Thanks in advance and I may PM some GPS coordinates for some good info food lol.. I went to MW the other day and scanned the whole lake and drew a skunk. I had always heard it was a good lake for crappie but my crappie fishing has mostly consisted of fishing areas where i know they are and during the spawn. Thanks!
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#11312097 - 12/30/15 12:33 PM Re: Brushpiles [Re: G Love]
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Registered: 09/04/06
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Loc: EAST TEXAS
There are a lot more crappie to be caught during the summer & fall than you will ever catch during the spawn.

By your post I'm assuming it is an older lake that doesn't have very much natural cover left in it. Really that is all the better. If you put something out for crappie they will move into it quickly.

I use 13 pieces of 10' stalks of bamboo, 5 gallon buckets & 60lbs of sacrete. Cedar & willow trees will work too. Crappie like vertical structure so they can move up & down to adjust for oxygen levels & temperature.

I usually put tops in 15' of water & GPS the locations. You may have to experiment with depth. I think every lake is different depending on water clarity & the food sources available. Even white & black crappie are looking for different deeps most of the time.

Winter time is all about deep water, usually close to the deepest water in the lake. Cover matters but the crappie will hang with the threadfin shad this time of the year & will usually be near the bottom.
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#11312474 - 12/30/15 04:18 PM Re: Brushpiles [Re: G Love]
fishin'aholic2 Online   content
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Bamboo about 10-15ft down will get you bit most times of the year.
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#11312551 - 12/30/15 04:53 PM Re: Brushpiles [Re: G Love]
Tompit9 Offline
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Registered: 04/13/12
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Loc: Boyd America
Where can I get bamboo???

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#11312948 - 12/30/15 07:16 PM Re: Brushpiles [Re: G Love]
txtider Offline
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Registered: 01/10/07
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Mineral wells have a lot of rock piles the fish hang on .

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#11313831 - 12/31/15 09:04 AM Re: Brushpiles [Re: G Love]
G Love Offline
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Registered: 06/03/10
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Loc: Weatherford, TX
Awesome info thanks guys! I'm more than likely going to drop some in Wford and MW. Luckily I have about 5 acres of Bamboo at our ranch. I suppose it'll be perfect for structure. Thanks a bunch! When I get it done i'll PM yall some coords. Just PM me if you want em. Thanks again!
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#11318164 - 01/02/16 11:57 AM Re: Brushpiles [Re: G Love]
sapalmer Offline
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Registered: 02/24/07
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#11318175 - 01/02/16 12:04 PM Re: Brushpiles [Re: G Love]
Spiderman Offline
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Registered: 09/04/06
Posts: 3805
Loc: EAST TEXAS
Don't be afraid to make them really thick & use big pieces of bamboo. Once the shad move in & start eating the plankton on the branches the crappie will hang around the outsides and pick them off.
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#11318258 - 01/02/16 01:11 PM Re: Brushpiles [Re: G Love]
larry mays Offline
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Registered: 11/24/14
Posts: 869
Loc: Winnsboro, Texas
What Spiderman said for sure, the bigger the better. But, its just for bait fish and the bait fish bring the crappie in. If you want to try to hole the crappie to a place you will need a play ground for them. The best is old logs are what ever they can use for cover. Not easy but well worth the time.
The logs are not a replacement for the other, but a add to for the fish.


Edited by larry mays (01/02/16 01:25 PM)

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