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BigD
02-17-2010, 07:47 AM
This will be the first year I fish from a boat on my own. The information we are getting here in Ohio is that because of all the snow, we are going to have some flooding and high water in the spring.

It appears that all of our reservoirs / controlled lakes are going to keep their damming gates closed to keep the Ohio river from overflowing. In fact, we can already see our local lakes rising. I punched two holes for ice fishing the other day in the center of the lake and It was not long before I was standing in three inches of water.

So here is the question(S):

1)How will high water effect boat fishing for crappie during spawn?
2)Will the high water adversely effect the eggs and spawning grounds?


Thanks,


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rocket rich
02-17-2010, 08:34 AM
High Water Is Not A Major Problem Except For Flooding Issue's. I Say Fish The Area's With Rock Banks Or Roads Banks Behind The The Bushes If Possible To Get To. The Fish Will Move To Water's That Are Right For Spawning. Try To Remember What The Bank Looked Like Before The High Water. Steep Banks Are Going To Be Good . Under Water Docks Are Good Places To Start. Move With The Bait Fish Look For Movement In The Shallow's Even The Slightest Movement Of Stick Up's Is More Than Not Fish. Good Luck

Eager Beaver
02-17-2010, 12:02 PM
We are going to be looking at flooding here too, in the Spring. This will be a later Spring spawn for us. There will be several spawns this Spring. EB

slider1
02-17-2010, 05:23 PM
As long as they retain the water level, til after the hatch it will not effect it, but now if they hold the lakes during the spawn and then start to release it. according to the structure of the lake it could really effect the hatch. crappie are deep spawner's but the levels your talking could spell trouble for the hatch.

BigD
02-17-2010, 07:17 PM
Thanks for the heads up all,


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65pontiac
02-18-2010, 05:55 AM
As long as they retain the water level, til after the hatch it will not effect it, but now if they hold the lakes during the spawn and then start to release it. according to the structure of the lake it could really effect the hatch. crappie are deep spawner's but the levels your talking could spell trouble for the hatch.

You say crappie are deep spawners. Is this true for the north, because here in Fla. they move to the shallow to spawn.

gabowman
02-18-2010, 09:10 AM
High waters generally means muddier waters too.:( And water temps constantly changing due to incoming water.:( We are predicted for alot of precip thru spring which will keep the lakes muddy and hamper catching the fish on the beds 'cause they'll constantly be moving in and out from the banks. Oh well, there always seems to be SOMETHING to protect the fish during the spawn.:rolleyes::o

chaunc
02-18-2010, 06:09 PM
No sense in worrying about the spawn. The lakes will be at or near normal pool by the time they spawn up north. We dont get the spawn until mid may on almost all the lakes north of Kentucky. So unless we get an enormous amount of rain in April, i wouldn't worry about high water levels. Slider, i dont know how far north you are but the crappies spawn in shallow water in every lake i've ever fished. How deep is deep to you?

Hillbilly910
02-20-2010, 03:54 AM
The rise in water while ice fishing is probably do to snow weight pushing down on the ice.

HB:cool:

crappiemax
02-20-2010, 08:18 AM
Isn't the water high at some point almost every spring? I'm hoping all this stuff melts in the next couple of days. Sure it's probably going to flood but then it will settle down and the fishing will be on.
The latest I've caught fish with eggs is the 1st week in June in SW Ohio, that was 3 years ago. Last year, it was the end of May.

BigD
02-20-2010, 09:02 AM
Isn't the water high at some point almost every spring? I'm hoping all this stuff melts in the next couple of days. Sure it's probably going to flood but then it will settle down and the fishing will be on.
The latest I've caught fish with eggs is the 1st week in June in SW Ohio, that was 3 years ago. Last year, it was the end of May.

The spawn didn't really get going until the end of May last year from all my shore spots in Northeast Ohio. From May 26th till June 11th you could throw a cigarette butt out and harvest as many as you wanted. In 2008 it was May 7.

Last year we had High water (up to may 26th) and it really set back shore fishing. However, I was wondering if the fish were actually out of shore casting and perfect for small boat. The reason I wondered this is I switched over to sinking a bobber with a 50 yard cast and thats when I would get the hogs. All the other shore fisherman were stumped that the crappie would not come in less than 10 feet of water.


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Locator79
02-20-2010, 09:58 AM
All good points made here. Last year here in Southern Indiana with the warm temps we had in March the fish were moving in and getting ready to spawn biting pretty well for that time of year. Then for the next month and a half it rained and rained, raising water levels and making the water very muddy. I don't know if the spawn was ruined, but the bite was done, and April and May were very difficult months to fish. I hope this year will be different.