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Slabs Inc
10-10-2011, 06:57 PM
I have been catching some really slimy crappie, it's mostly the big fish that are. What causes that? I have always wondered that. It's like catching a channel, or blue.

duramax
10-10-2011, 08:01 PM
I have been catching some really slimy crappie, it's mostly the big fish that are. What causes that? I have always wondered that. It's like catching a channel, or blue. I noticed the same thing. There is brown scum in my livewell from the crappies and they are very slimy. The lake I fish is full of 2" gizzard shad and I figured it was because the crappie were eating so many of them. So what's the real answer???????????

das speck hunter
10-10-2011, 08:15 PM
Slime is a mucus produced in order to protect the fish from parasites and worms. The fish produce it in order to protect themselves.

duramax
10-10-2011, 08:40 PM
Slime is a mucus produced in order to protect the fish from parasites and worms. The fish produce it in order to protect themselves. I know that all fish have protective slime but in nearly 60 yrs of fishing I've never seen so much brown slimy scum in my livewell. The same fish I caught and released in the spring did not have as much slime and the few I did keep did not leave brown scum in the livewell. ??????

das speck hunter
10-10-2011, 09:52 PM
Down here come winter they produce alot more slime simply cause they go deeper and move less. And because they are deeper and move less they produce more slime to protect themselves from worms and parasites. When ever they have changing conditions whether it be water temp, oxygen levels or anything else to stress them they will produce more slime. This year your body of water could of had less oxygen, diffrent minerals or experiencing any of those chemical changes or your thermocline might be turning over and stressing the fish making them slimy.

As for the color of the slime I would think it is diet.

hair jig
10-11-2011, 10:48 AM
Colder the water gets the more slime they produce.

Wood_Duck
10-20-2011, 08:32 AM
I had been wondering the same thing. I know they don't seem too bad when catching them, although abit worse than summer but when I go to get them out of my cooler, its pretty nasty

gabowman
10-20-2011, 08:36 AM
I assume the fish slimes up when stressed. Hadnt noticed it so much in the livewell as I always take the fish out of the 'well into a 5 gallon bucket when back at home fixing to clean 'em. Man....they slime up real good in that bucket though.

barrelslime
10-20-2011, 09:05 AM
It could be the water from the lake that has an elevated slime content due to the cooler weather. When you fill the livewell with lake water it is probly bad enough, then the fish make it even worse. My live well is nasty too from white bass, but just the water in the livewell before its full of fish, is real nasty.

shakynerves24
10-22-2011, 10:21 AM
I was wondering if its the water itself. I've noticed the waters in the tributaries I fish have a dirty brownish look to it. We've been bouncing up and down on the temps both on the water and air the last few weeks.

Slabs Inc
10-22-2011, 02:29 PM
I fish two different lakes and it's only on one of the lakes. Im catching two different fish, some shallow, stained water crappie, then down the lake I'm on some deep deep water fish. Its the shallow fish that are slimy and I mean channel cat slimy.

Bottombumper
10-22-2011, 03:52 PM
I fish mostly in the Coosa River and have experienced this problem also. I usually keep larger crappie in livewell and release them if nobody has asked for any. At end of trip my livewell will have parts of white flesh which I assume is gurgetated from shock. Brown scum will on top sides of live well and requires a stiff brush to clean. The fish are allways lively when released. Small Shad are plentiful this time of year and the Crappie gorge themselves for Winter and upcoming Spring Spawn. My theory is the Slime is a result of up-chucking bits of semi-digested shad. My .02 cents worth! Bottombumper

barrelslime
10-23-2011, 06:23 AM
Lake turn-over could also be a factor

89ranger
10-23-2011, 05:11 PM
They are changing with the weather and water temp