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Sinking Cedars for Crappie habitat


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By catman - Posted on 28 September 2010

I have heard a lot about sinking cedar trees for crappiei habitat. Have any of you tried it? How did it work and how long do they last?

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Hey catman. Good question. I have tried sinking cedars and yes they will attract crappiei when placed in a good crappie area. They will last a long time, better than 5 years, unless it is a lake or area that has a lot of silt. Silt sticks to cedars like no other and make them nothing more than a mound in a short time and that is not great crappie structure. I also have a theory that big crappie like a cover they can get in and move around which makes cedar less attractive. All in all cedar is definitely better than nothing but on my list of man made cover comes in low on the list. So what is the list? (1) Bamboo stake Beds (2) Wooden stake Beds (3) Ironwood Bushes (4) Willow Bushes (5) Persimmon Trees (6) PVC - LOW ON THE LIST JUST BECAUSE IT IS NEW TO ME (7) Bucket condo's (8) Cedar Trees

Ray

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Hi Ray,

So, have really good success with the bamboo stake beds?....I made that stake driver you posted..I plan on using it tomorrow to drive some bamboo stakes...

I was able to find a place where I can get a trailer load of wooden stakes for $15..Also, get skids for free..Me and my buddy plan on buiding a lot of these this week..

Jeremy

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Man those bamboo stake beds have paid huge dividends. You still have to get them where crappiei want to be but they are awesome when put in a good place. I am thinking they will outlast the wood stake beds I built. I am still building both but favor bamboo.

Ray

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Hi Ray,

I tried to use the stake driver out today...I sort of had some trouble...I think I was using to long of bamboo for the depth I was trying to get them in...Also, I think the bottom had some rocks on it...So, what length of bamboo does use for depths?.....I was able to get a few boo stakes driven in..But, it was so windy we just called it a day..We had already dropped a lot of condos before that..

Jeremy

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Hey Jeremy. Hey I didn't think about telling you those details. I always watch my depth finder and look for soft bottoms to pick the spots to put down the stake beds. If you have a color depth find look for spots that the bottom shows up green blue and yellow. The red bottoms will be too hard to drive stakes in. On the length of the stakes I use them at least 2 foot shorter than the depth of the water but no shorter than 6 foot less than the depth of the water.

Ray

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Hi Ray,

Thanks for the information...I am going to give another try sometime soon..

Jeremy

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