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Re: A Crappie Problem
SethM #518933 04/05/20 10:31 PM
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Thank you JPsDad. I’m excited to check them to see where they’re at compared to the standard. Visually they don’t look thin to me. This is a cool way to know for sure. Who knows I might have just gotten used to skinny bass and they look normal to me lol. I printed off the ones for LMB BG and CC and Bull head too. I’m gonna hang them in my office lol. I’ll update this weeks as to where my spots stand compared to standard. Thanks again for all the help and advice.

Re: A Crappie Problem
Nathan&Kelly #518945 04/06/20 08:14 AM
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Your most welcome Nathan.

If you are going keeping records there's an app out there that Bob Lusk mentioned. I'll also attach an excel spreadsheet that you can use. A whole lot of fish species standard weights are formulated in it including all that you presently have. Its not difficult to use. You will enter the trip on the second page and then on the first page you will enter the fish. Its pretty flexible and allow you to enter catches under 3 approaches. With length and weight measurements per fish, with length measurements per fish, and with a weight measurement of a group of fish. For the first, RW are computed, for the second a estimate of weight based on standard weight, for the 3rd an estimate standard lengths. There is enough detail in the SS to gain insights into trends of fish condition, size distribution, and quality of fishing. If you keep records in the SS, would be great for you to post it from time to time in a thread of your own making.

Well ... I thought I was going to post the excel workbook but the attachment manager is on the fritz. keep looking, I'll try again later.

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Re: A Crappie Problem
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I suspect that most all the spotted bass in the 10-13" range will be slightly under weight. Or most of those in whatever size group is most abundant in your pond. Lots of one size is likely overeating the ideal food sizes. Plus your larger spots could be underweight due to them not having enough of the large sizes of food they need to get the optimum growth? Keep in mind that the females pre-spawn will all have high RW compared to post spawn - summer RW. Use common sense when evaluating the RW results. RW as fish body condition tends to change throughout the seasons.

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Re: A Crappie Problem
SethM #519879 04/24/20 07:56 AM
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So I’ve started recording catches. I’ve only logged about 30 fish so far but I’m shocked. My bg though small in numbers are large in size. My average rw is about 105%. However my bass are not nearly as good as I had expected. All caught so far were 9.5-13 inches and my rw is ranging from 73-78%. I really thought I’d be better off than the numbers prove I am. On culling, is it better to get them out pre spawn or wait a few weeks till post spawn? I was thinking about doing a single day fishing derby and fish fry and inviting out some family and buddy’s for a safe social distancing outdoor event with 7-10 guys keeping everything in that 9-13” range. Is there a benefit to doing it before or after spawn?

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Originally Posted by Nathan&Kelly
On culling, is it better to get them out pre spawn or wait a few weeks till post spawn? I was thinking about doing a single day fishing derby and fish fry and inviting out some family and buddy’s for a safe social distancing outdoor event with 7-10 guys keeping everything in that 9-13” range. Is there a benefit to doing it before or after spawn?


That is a thought provoking question. If done pre-spawn, then perhaps fewer fingerlings are produced but because of pre-spawn harvest fewer are cannibalized. Then the vice-versa if done post-spawn, more fingerlings are produced but perhaps more are cannibalized. It might depend on how long after the spawn one begins culling in order to the give the culls a chance to thin 0 year recruits. Maybe the best is pre-spawn if goal is reducing recruitment. All in all it may balance. To be sure, the culling will help with growth and RW either way.

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