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Do fresh brush piles attract Crappie better than old? #13921369 03/13/21 05:19 PM
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In the winter of 2019, I suspended to a depth of 20 ft a small cedar tree in the slip where I keep my boat. Within a few days, and thereafter for several months, I could catch Crappie almost at will using a small jig with plastic tail and Crappie nibbles. In late fall of 2020, the Crappie seemed to disappear. I continued to try from time to time up until the Big Freeze with zero success. Some good sized limbs broke off a Cedar tree in my back yard, so I decided to replace my old brush with the new Cedar limbs.

I tried the new setup after about 5 days, and the Crappie are there. Coincidence? Water is warming, spring is blooming. Maybe that's why the Crappie are back at my suspended tree. I don't know, but I'm sure going to renew my tree whenever the Crappie stop biting.

Side note: Zebra mussels latched on to the rope I used to suspend the tree, and I cut my hands in several places making the switch--stayed painful for a long time. Next time I will bring appropriate tools.

Re: Do fresh brush piles attract Crappie better than old? [Re: JAlfred] #13921433 03/13/21 06:16 PM
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I always prefer fresh over old. Especially, if the tree has leaves.

Re: Do fresh brush piles attract Crappie better than old? [Re: JAlfred] #13922776 03/14/21 09:52 PM
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We replace the trees in our slip every year if possible.


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Re: Do fresh brush piles attract Crappie better than old? [Re: JAlfred] #13922880 03/14/21 11:09 PM
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I have brush piles (cedar trees) that are 15 years old still producing crappie.

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