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mighty
03-05-2019, 01:31 PM
I fish bridges here in Alabama and I've noticed over the years that crappie mainly congregate to one side of the bridge. It's not a particular time of they when the move to say the right side bridge. They are there from sun up to sun down. I can catch a few on the left side but most come from the right. And this is on both ends of the bridge.

Anyone got possible reason for this phenomenon?

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deathb4disco
03-05-2019, 01:43 PM
Anyone got possible reason for this phenomenon?


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"G"
03-05-2019, 02:05 PM
Top secret....lol

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INDyak
03-05-2019, 02:20 PM
Is the right side the South side? Meaning more sun exposure and warmer water temps this time a year?

NUBSTER
03-05-2019, 02:37 PM
Water temp!!!!

Idunno
03-05-2019, 02:41 PM
Is the right side the South side? Meaning more sun exposure and warmer water temps this time a year?

or, is the right side the downstream side? (Warmer or out of the current)

Atimm693
03-05-2019, 02:59 PM
There is something on one end that attracts them, might be shade, lack of current, more food, closer to deep water, etc.

I've noticed it too. In the fall, one end of a local bridge will be on fire. The other end may give up a few fish, but nothing of any quantity.

My theory, the "good" end is over the old river channel, it provides cover and food while they're on the way to their winter haunts. Early on they will be shallower, and gradually move deeper until early November, after that they leave the area completely.

Alphahawk
03-05-2019, 03:02 PM
Iíve been fishing a bridge for over a decade that the crappie will be on the north side of the bridge.....which is the river channel side......and while I may catch them in the middle I never catch them on the south side of the bridge which runs into a huge spawning bay. When I first fished this bridge in the winter I had the same thoughts about the water being warmer on the south side...and it is....but no crappie there. For whatever the reason they prefer the north side of the bridge in winter.....fall....spring and summer.

Regards


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billygee
03-05-2019, 03:12 PM
Iíve been fishing a bridge for over a decade that the crappie will be on the north side of the bridge.....which is the river channel side......and while I may catch them in the middle I never catch them on the south side of the bridge which runs into a huge spawning bay. When I first fished this bridge in the winter I had the same thoughts about the water being warmer on the south side...and it is....but no crappie there. For whatever the reason they prefer the north side of the bridge in winter.....fall....spring and summer.

Regards


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Ah yes !

Should it be,
think like a compass and go for magnetic north :scratchhead

billygee

CrappiePappy
03-05-2019, 03:20 PM
Could it be possible that there's cover on both "right sides" of the bridge pillars ??

I've always caught Crappie on the down current end, and the inside of pillars closest to the channel (some even coming off the underside of the cross beam between pillars). But, that's been my limited experience with bridge pillars, as I've only fished one bridge (on a lake in Tenn) and haven't fished it in the last 10yrs or so.

Fish on Line
03-05-2019, 04:28 PM
If the road runs East to West there is a North side Road runs North to south = No fish

zig zag
03-05-2019, 04:37 PM
need to ask "RGFM" he's fishing bridges regularly and catching quite well.

ET Fish
03-05-2019, 04:48 PM
Interesting, but I dunno.

skeetbum
03-05-2019, 06:26 PM
I used to fish a bridge that like many, had a sweet spot. One side of one oblong post. It was always a mystery to me why this was the case. It only fished well in colder temps when the fish moved deeper. As i fished it over a few years, and listened to the others that fished it, I arrived at an opinion as to why this spot was as good as it was. 25í away was a branch that someone had sunk a long time back and the little branches were gone, but the heavier stuff was left behind. I caught fish off of that but not as many as the post. My thought was that there had been enough stuff put over the side near that post, and the current had swept away a lot of the smaller branches and lighter pieces, but the concrete and bigger stuff was left behind and had just enough silt over it to make it hard to see on the sonar, but created enough to hold the fish. My best day there was a three hour trip that I boated 10 crappie that weighed 18bs, with. 2.2, 2.4, and 2.6 in the group. 2lbs 9 1/2oz for the bigun, still my PB. Like you say, hard to figure out but man does it work!

striperking
03-05-2019, 09:10 PM
I'm saying current. They do not like current. I have hit bridges with my sidescan that has split pilons and they are right between the 2 pilons.

ClearCreek
03-05-2019, 09:53 PM
I see several posts indicate the south side of a body of water would be the warmest. In the north temperate climate zone the angle of the sun will warm the north bank of a body of water quicker than the south bank; this is especially true in the spring and early summer.

Back to the original post; I think the reason crappie (and other fish as well) are caught in one area and not so much in another area is habitat related. Some habitat component is drawing the fish to an area.

ClearCreek

mighty
03-05-2019, 09:58 PM
Is the right side the South side? Meaning more sun exposure and warmer water temps this time a year?Actually the right side would be the north side on one end and south on the other, other meaning across the bridge. I done got confused [emoji12]

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mighty
03-05-2019, 09:59 PM
Water temp!!!!From fall to early summer it doesn't make a difference

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mighty
03-05-2019, 10:04 PM
I'm saying current. They do not like current. I have hit bridges with my sidescan that has split pilons and they are right between the 2 pilons.That's a thought but the reservoir will move the current both ways. So?

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mighty
03-05-2019, 10:12 PM
So looking at this pic the fish hit on the Northside on both sides of the bridge better than the south. From the middle pilings under the bridge up, but from sonar and the naked eye, there seems to be no difference 333231

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mighty
03-05-2019, 10:18 PM
This is a different bridge but same situation, fyi the navonics app is a good buy for 9.99 a year333232

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wolfhnd
03-05-2019, 11:19 PM
Same experience as to one side being better, my guess is current but it is a pretty unsupported guess. My experience has been the side away from the channel is better but that does not explain why one end of the bridge is better than the other. All the bridges I have fished have had very little current being part of the lake and not the feeder rivers and creeks. I can't say I can detect a current but it has to be there.

The more I thought about it the fish are on the North side of the pilings in my experience as well. That is the shadow side correct?

Ketchn
03-06-2019, 07:22 AM
its just how they are wired , they don't think , they just prefer one spot over another it seems to me for whatever the reason
its all guess work for sure and to be sure they often do things humans don't understand
my 2 cents

silverside
03-06-2019, 03:24 PM
I think 1 side attracts regular shad and the other garlic shad [emoji311]

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