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    I was very surprised to catch some small small 4 to 5 inch crappie yesterday that were full of eggs in Illinois. I haven't seen that in the past, though I have seen small males put on their tuxedo in the spring. What is the textbook age/length for crappie to be mature to spawn?

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    We manage crappie in Missouri to protect them to age 3. This gives them a chance to spawn once before they are available for harvest. The length at age 3 can vary greatly from lake to lake. In Grenada, they are 12" at age 3. Truman they are 9-10" but in overpopulated lakes they can be 6" long and spawning.
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    in LSL the males are dressed up but not ketchn females but curious so will check and see if they have eggs now. ketchn tons of males close in.

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    What's this tuxedo bidness i keep hearing about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baitwaster View Post
    What's this tuxedo bidness i keep hearing about?
    When the spawning season is on the males fish's black markings get darker & expand ... sometimes to the point where nearly the whole fish is black ... commonly called putting on their tuxedos.

    Remember .... "every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baitwaster View Post
    What's this tuxedo bidness i keep hearing about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrappiePappy View Post
    When the spawning season is on the males fish's black markings get darker & expand ... sometimes to the point where nearly the whole fish is black ... commonly called putting on their tuxedos.

    Remember .... "every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man"
    wow! cant believe i haven't seen that this season!

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