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Is shad spawn the issue?? #13556923 05/14/20 02:49 AM
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The last few years on Lewisville it seams that there are a few weeks after the spawn, the big crappie seam to disappear. Also, it seams that this corresponds with the shad spawn. I kind of wonder if the big crappie are just up roaming the shallows gorging on the spawning shad. Currently catching great numbers of dinks. This is all I can come up with as to why the keeper to dink ratio is running about 1 out of 10 caught and not a single fish over 12" out of the last couple of hundred caught.


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Re: Is shad spawn the issue?? [Re: HV Lurenut] #13556991 05/14/20 04:05 AM
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How deep and what type of cover are you fishing? The crappie especially of spawning size tend to have a couple of weeks of not much feeding after the spawn as they are trying to recover. If I was looking for keepers, I would be focusing on shallow wood.



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Re: Is shad spawn the issue?? [Re: fishin'aholic2] #13556998 05/14/20 04:27 AM
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Been fishing rocks , downed timber and brush in 8-20 fow. Finding tons of fish, but no size. Had a large spawned out female about 3 weeks ago and that was last fish over 11". Just a slew of shorts and barely legals since then. Not a live scope guy, so it takes a bit of effort on timber to isolate a tree. May be spooking larger fish?


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Re: Is shad spawn the issue?? [Re: HV Lurenut] #13557276 05/14/20 01:35 PM
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You may try a different part of the lake. If you are fishing where I think you are, I have a buddy that has been limiting out over there on shallow cover. I don’t think you are spooking larger fish, I just think they aren’t there yet or they are just recovering from the spawn. I would focus on isolated shallow wood. One thing to keep in mind too is that the lake has been a mess lately with the flood and water flow through the lake. The gates are still open and till they close it will mess with the fish.



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