View Full Version : SIGHT ketchn on the BEDS !

04-11-2019, 06:19 AM
Some will cry foul as they always do and to be sure I got a lesson on bedded fish the other day . The things I learned are in the ole memory bank for ever and several of them defy EVERYTHING I thought I knew and have always heard and read about crappie spawning .
I got an invite to a private lake I haven't been to in a while , the owner of a tract along the shore has 3 docks and said the crappie were all on beds right under his docks ! :yikes
I was like well sir I would sure love to give them a go if its possible and he said sure come on out .Got there about 8 am and sure enough there were so many beds under his docks in around 3 to 5 fow I was shocked ! hundreds and hundreds of beds all along the shore and NOT a crappie on one of them ! :banghead
He tells me this , they usually don't show up here until around 9 am and I was like what ? In real clear water they come when the sun is shining hard down on the beds ? Well sure enough I cant get a peck and manage one bluegill and just about say this is enough and THEN .all the sudden about 9 am they came in like a pack of hounds and set up on every bed !
VERY nice and orderly and no aggression to each other at all and to make it even better several bass and a herd of bluegill came in with them and set up on bed locations in close proximity to them .
Now here is where it gets real interesting , EVERYONE worked together as a community to protect each others beds and pumpkin seeds even hit jigs going over crappie beds .The next thing that was VERY noticeable was a jig HAD to be drug by the beds , if it sat over a bed and went to slow nobody would even look at it ! If it had a fair cadence and went by pretty steady they would slam it !
AND it gets better , almost no fish actually on the beds you targeted would hit the jigs , it was always a neighbor fish from pretty far away the would race over and hammer it ?
to add to it they set up frequently black white black white with only an inch or so border between the beds and that in turn is what I am sure causes hybridization , note the small fish in the one photo on the dock ,pretty sure its hybridized along with several others I managed to ketch
Anyway it was very interesting for sure and I couldn't stay long but I filled his basket and had a splendid time for about an hour ..
on a final side note they fish seemed to have an affinity for fresh water clam beds to spawn over if that matters .
and for sure I wish I didn't have to leave
stay tuned and have a great day :highfive

04-11-2019, 06:23 AM
Gorgeous pictures! Interesting read for sure. Thanks for sharing. :highfive

PawPaw "gene"
04-11-2019, 06:35 AM
That sure throws out a bunch of theories and facts. It make you wonder what do we really know. Well one thing we know is the Ketchn can Ketch some slabs.

04-11-2019, 06:38 AM
Nice crappie. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing this report and pictures.

04-11-2019, 07:50 AM
Thanks for sharing. Very interesting stuff ! Nice pics

04-11-2019, 07:55 AM
Very interesting! Thanks for sharing the observations!!

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04-11-2019, 09:25 AM
Definitely hybridization going on. Your observations are very interesting, water temps must be ideal for all three species to be setting up housekeeping. I have seen Bluegill and Bass beds but never Crappie beds. That is cool.

04-11-2019, 10:37 AM
Sight fishing for Crappie has to be the funniest way I’ve ever caught them!

In MN they get under the Lilly Pads and you can watch them hit your jig.

Most don’t or suck it in and spit it out faster than you can set the hook.

Glad you had fun!

Lake Life
04-11-2019, 01:25 PM
What a beautiful sight! Nice job, Ketchn.

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04-11-2019, 01:31 PM
You know I seen something like yesterday and just though it was bream and bass. Thanks for the knowledge

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04-11-2019, 02:06 PM
nice pics and fish..

SKs Crappie Catching Adventures
04-11-2019, 03:12 PM
Nice catchn and beautiful waters.... who said you needed live scope....

franklin fisher
04-11-2019, 06:50 PM
Interesting read. Like was said earlier, stuff like that makes you wonder if what you believe to be true is even true at all. Nice catch.

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04-12-2019, 06:21 AM
Definitely hybridization going on. Your observations are very interesting, water temps must be ideal for all three species to be setting up housekeeping. I have seen Bluegill and Bass beds but never Crappie beds. That is cool.
I am sure one could explain what I saw going on all different kind of ways but to be sure it was something I never dreamed of . It was like some sort of peace treaty was going on among the fish , the bass were large enough to make serious trouble and they just minded their own business and watched the scene unfold .

04-12-2019, 07:11 AM
That action must have been pretty cool.
Amazing how fish of all types will adapt to their surroundings.
It does seem odd they would come and go from the beds.
I used to bowfish a lot at night and always saw fish of all types staying on the beds all night.

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04-12-2019, 03:25 PM
They seemed to have it timed out with the sunshine , the owner said they would likely get there when the sun hit the beds ...pretty odd to me no doubt ....I hit a lake not even a mile away frequently and when the sun hits that water its time to go home

04-12-2019, 06:10 PM
Nice catch and report.
Thanks for sharing.

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ET Fish
04-12-2019, 07:20 PM
Well, I learned something reading this! Very informative!

04-12-2019, 10:09 PM
Thanks for sharing!

04-13-2019, 06:09 AM
Well, I learned something reading this! Very informative!

X2! Thanks for the observations. I never would have guessed!

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04-14-2019, 07:12 AM
never saw crappie beds like that for sure outlaw. interesting stuff.

04-16-2019, 09:23 AM
Pay attension to clam beds for any spawning fish. Anytime i come across clam beds i mark them with a waypoint or mark on a map.I have caught large bluegill and crappie on clear lake spawning 8 t0 10 feet deep on clam beds. Knock the silt off of clam beds and you will find the perfect composition of sand and marl for spawning beds. It makes it alot easier to fan beds.

04-19-2019, 07:59 PM
Good read... Never seen them on beds myself.

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04-19-2019, 08:07 PM
Good info

04-20-2019, 08:03 PM
i see them on beds often this time of year but never a birds eyes view from above in clear water and actually get to watch what they are doing while i am dragging a jig thru them , i do see a few in another lake from above but the bottom is so dark its hard to tell what is up till they strike at the jig .