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WTucker
12-01-2010, 09:32 PM
Went fishing this past weekend and caught a few crappie that had eggs. Is this normal for this time of the year?

Bronson
12-01-2010, 09:34 PM
Fairly typical, I've caught several in the last couple of weeks that had eggs too.

WTucker
12-01-2010, 09:54 PM
Fairly typical, I've caught several in the last couple of weeks that had eggs too.

Will they carry them until the spawn or were these eggs from this spring?

gabowman
12-01-2010, 10:03 PM
They'll carry 'em until the spawn in the spring. I've only been seeing the eggs a few weeks. You'll also notice the large males with sperm roe (or whatever it's called) inside them now.

WTucker
12-01-2010, 10:11 PM
They'll carry 'em until the spawn in the spring. I've only been seeing the eggs a few weeks. You'll also notice the large males with sperm roe (or whatever it's called) inside them now.

Yep, I noticed this in one of the large males that I caught too.

Ragfly Jig Man
12-01-2010, 11:23 PM
Yes it is very typical to see them at this time of the year. For the past 3 weeks I have cought crappie that have small egg sascks forming.

slab-in-the-box
12-01-2010, 11:50 PM
Yeah, from what I've always heard, the females start developing their eggs in the fall which they will continue developing until they spawn.

DonDon
12-02-2010, 08:36 AM
As soon as they drop their eggs, they start growing new one's. I've been catching them with eggs for a couple months, small one's albiet but eggs non the less

Lowellhturner
12-02-2010, 11:08 AM
Have read on line that as soon as they spawn the females start to produce their next bunch of eggs. Interestingly, the females need cooler then cold water temps for their eggs to develope correctly and be viable; this is perhaps why the bigger females go deep again right after they spawn and tend to stay deeper than the males most of the yr. A "Friend", the "Intimidator" recently caught 12 "big`ens" at CJ with an accomplice, when Brent cleaned them he posted the eggs LOOKED like the fish were ready to spawn again. He said individually each egg was about as big around as a typed letter "O". Even with a bumper shad forage this yr at CJ, seems unusual for them to be THAT far along just yet...

BigMack
12-02-2010, 01:03 PM
I've been seeing them for 2 months now.
Some lakes have more developed than others.
Here at Grapevine, they are as big as spring ones.
Fall/Spring = same temps/daylight hours.
it just gets colder than warmer.
I think they do drop some in warmer winters.
Where did this come from in early March this year?
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o163/BigMack1618/2010-03-13Livingston002-s-1.jpg

papasage
12-02-2010, 01:08 PM
Last weekin they had eggs the size of a pencil

tear-em-up
12-02-2010, 06:20 PM
When they get bright yellow fry em up with your crappie fillets there good.

papasage
12-02-2010, 07:36 PM
yep they are good

Good Stuff
12-02-2010, 07:39 PM
I caught some last weekend that had eggs in them.

Lowellhturner
12-02-2010, 11:04 PM
Am fairly sure in Ohio the crappie only spawn once a yr; not sure `bout further South...

Bronson
12-03-2010, 03:37 PM
Some people think some crappie try to spawn again late in the year when they move up into the shallows when water temps dip from the low 60's into the 50's. My guess they are more interested in following the bait fish and the water temp in shallow water suits them better.