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Offline PhishingPhreek

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Bartlett - 11/24/2019
« on: November 27, 2019, 08:46 AM »
So, I'm several days late with this report, but to be cliche, it's better late than never!

Last week I went to the Game and Fish offices and picked up a few scale envelopes to help out with some crappie surveys at Bartlett. They really want to know the growth rate of the crappie here since they seem to be growing at an insane rate! At the time I planned on going out over the weekend, but then the storm hit and I changed my mind. After hearing about the storm that's going to roll through tomorrow, I said eff it and decided to go.

Anyway, to the report! I picked up my mom and we got on the water around 9:30 to some crazy wind and waves (I was not expecting this). I didn't want to get minnows, so I decided to try the Bruce method and toss jigs into the trees and try to get some reaction bites. Headed up to the Yellow Cliffs and saw a lot more boats out there then I expected. Even ran into Bill and his wife! It was nice to chat with him since I haven't seen him since SCF 2018. He said he had a hand full of crappie drifting the trees out there. So I went around and found the trees I wanted to fish and tossed my orange markers out since I knew I wasn't going to be able to stay still with all the wind.

I tossed about 15 different colors of grubs with different weighted jigs trying to find out what they wanted. There didn't seem to be any kind of pattern, except that 2 were caught with the Purple/Char jigs. Because of the wind, I ended up slow trolling against the wind and drifting with the wind around my markers, and that's how we got 4 of our crappie.

In the end, we only caught 5 black nose crappie and a dozen or so dink bass. It was tough for me to experiment with a different technique with the wind howling and try to get all the information and scales for Game and Fish. Lesson learned, and I'll have a better approach next time!






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Re: Bartlett - 11/24/2019
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2019, 09:00 AM »
Nice report PhishingPhreek - maybe weather will stabilize after Thanksgiving weekend.

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Re: Bartlett - 11/24/2019
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2019, 09:03 AM »
With this storm that's supposed to roll though over the next day or two, I'm not sure about that.
I took next Monday and Tuesday off to put up Christmas lights. If I can get enough work done, I might head out and try again on Tuesday. Give it a few days to stabilize and then try again.

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Re: Bartlett - 11/24/2019
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2019, 03:15 PM »
Nice report Louis, it is a pain in the BUTT to try and cast a jig even with heavier jig head in a wind unless you are in a protected area, remember g and f wants scales off of both species black nose and black crappie to judge age on both. I know the water has come up 3+' was it real muddy from releases up stream? curious what the water temp was?
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Re: Bartlett - 11/24/2019
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2019, 04:41 PM »
Yeah, I remember. I'm the one who told everyone! 😁

I didn't catch anything other than Black Nose, so that's all I had to sample.

It didn't look nearly as muddy as it did on the 11th. I was expecting it to look a lot dirtier. The water temp was 61-62 each time I checked (which wasn't that often)

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Re: Bartlett - 11/24/2019
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2019, 07:34 AM »
thx
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Re: Bartlett - 11/24/2019
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2019, 04:35 AM »
Nice job. Any timeline on the results from G&F with the scale survey?
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