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    Hey Craig or anyone who might know ...cleaned some females the other day most had yellow and bloody eggs which I would expect but couple had cream or grey color and looked like they were drying out I guess. What would cause this ? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortdraw View Post
    Hey Craig or anyone who might know ...cleaned some females the other day most had yellow and bloody eggs which I would expect but couple had cream or grey color and looked like they were drying out I guess. What would cause this ? Thanks
    shortdraw,

    Since the reservoir water temps moved so quickly from the mid-50's to the low 70's so quickly this year the length of preferred crappie spawning temps was very short. Those fish you are seeing with the grey colored eggs likely skipped the spawn this year and are reabsorbing the eggs. Strange spring this year, for sure.

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