Crappie Study/ Need Your Help
Have you ever wondered why "crappiei" are in certain places at certain times? I have and still do. We all know that crappie love our brush piles and stake beds because they provide cover for them and it's a good place to ambush food. However, some days they are there and others they are not. If it was just the stake bed or brush pile, they would be there all the time and we all know that just doesn't happen.
Curiosity has led myself and another biologist to start looking into this correlation a little deeper. ( I would like it to be known that I am NOT a Fisheries Biologist, but a Forest Biologist.) My partner in crime on this project is a retired Fisheries Biologist who simply wants to be known as Jay.
After spawn this year, we began to notice that people were catching crappie at water depths and at a temperature where crappie shouldn't be. We both to began to suspect that there was more to the correlation than just too hot to be there.
Conversations with other fisherman kept going back to why fish were in certain places on certain cover at different times.
We don't believe it is as simple as throwing down a brush pile or creating a stake bed and crappie will appear.
Over the next few weeks we will be collecting certain data that we hope will help us have a better understanding and as a result, catch more fish.
Thus, we are asking the help of the great crappie fishermen from Crappie 101.
Here's what we need from you:
1) water temperature at time of catch
2)Depth of water and approx. depth of catch
3) weather conditions-cloudy-clear-windy-calm
4) Stomach contents: When you clean your fish, try to determine if it is fish or insect. This is not always possible, as sometimes it' just a gray blob. But if you can determine even one fish out of 20, that would be a great help.
If you would, just post on this site. I will try to keep everyone updated.
Thanks and good fishing.