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    Just posting a thread to keep on our forum as a sticky for the great people at KFW to post. As you all know they have attended the last several shindigs and have supplied us with lots of great information along with utilizing some great crappie fishermen to perform their studies. It has been a great partnership. I am sticking this thread for them to post information as they please from these studies or for that matter anything they would like to post. They plan to have some information from our Fall Shindig up in a couple of days.

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    Hey Adam. I ended up with your extension cord.


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    orange with a black stripe? ends in a 3 way plug?

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    orange with a black stripe? ends in a 3 way plug?

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    Yep. Thats it. How about me dropping it off at the Clarks River NWR office? Im not in my shop much right now with my Dad having a stroke and in hospital.


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    That would work great, no rush

    Very sorry to hear about your dad and I hope he has a quick recovery

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    Amartinbio, You look at all those oliths yet!
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    We still have 30 of them from the tournament to go. The trend so far has been much higher growth rates in lake barkley fish, but I will try to post the results soon. Apologies for the delays. We have been experimenting with some new bass spawning habitat approaches that have kept us pretty busy.

    On the plus side, a wet spring is good for the white crappie spawn, but I would prefer it to rain just a bit less often.


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    During the 2018 crappie.com tournament, you guys were kind enough to allow us to collect some data on the fish you weighed in. First Ill go over the results of the fish caught in the tournament, and then I will talk a bit about what we saw in our trapnetting and the overall trends for both lakes.

    In total, we were able to age 85 crappie. The majority of the fish were from kentucky lake.
    Kentucky lake age breakdown from tournament:
    Age 2: 7 white crappie, 9 black crappie.
    Age 3: 21 white crappie, 5 black crappie.
    Age 4: 28 white crappie, no black crappie
    Age 5: 1 white crappie, 2 black crappie.
    Age 7: 1 black crappie.
    Lake Barkley breakdown from tournament:
    Age 1: 6 white crappie, 1 black crappie
    Age 2, age 3, age 4: 1 white crappie from each age class.
    As you can see, the white crappie caught in lake barkley were quite a bit younger than those caught in kentucky lake. So lets take a look at the lake specific growth differences and see how they compare to a study from 37 years ago.
    Kentucky lake white crappie growth from 2018 and 1982:
    2018 1982
    Age1: 3.9 3.07
    Age2: 7.4" 7.44
    Age3: 9.1 9.17
    Age4: 10.0 11.65
    Age5: 10.4 13.5
    Kentucky Lake Black crappie growth from 2018 and 1982:
    2018 1982
    Age1: 4.0" untested because there werent any
    Age2: 6.8"
    Age3: 8.3"
    Age4: 9.6"
    Age5: 10.3"
    Age6: 11.3"
    Age7: 11.7"
    Lake Barkley white crappie growth from 2018 and 1982:
    2018 1982
    Age 1: 4.0" 3.15"
    Age2: 8.6" 6.5"
    Age3: 10.5" 9.06"
    Age4: 11.7" 11.02"
    Lake Barkley Black crappie growth from 2018:
    Age 1: 3.6"
    Age 2: 8.0"
    Age 3: 7.7" (only 1 fish as a sample size).

    As you can see, Kentucky Lake white crappie growth is a bit slower now than in 1982 for those older fish. This is particularly true in Jonathan creek. Lake Barkley growth rates are actually at a high point right now. (I chose 1982 because its the oldest year I had readily available, but growth trends are usually really stable when viewed from 1985-present).
    Relative weights (fish plumpness) of crappie for Lake Barkley crappie are above average for a crappie population, which Im sure youre all aware of if youve been fishing there lately. Kentucky Lake crappie are in below average condition, but did improve this year over last year. I fully expect their condition to continue to rise based on shad numbers and the mild winter we are having. Lower flows next spring and summer would be helpful for our plankton, but its not looking very likely at this point.
    On a positive note, both TWRA and KDFWR saw good numbers of age-0 fish in the fall of 2018. Couple that with a mild winter and we should see a good year class coming on in a couple of years.
    One trend to expect this spring and next spring will be a higher ratio of black to white crappie. You may want to factor that into your fishing to maximize the filets in your freezer. Generally speaking you see better white crappie spawns in high rainfall years and better black crappie spawns in low rainfall years. The 2016 and 2017 year classes were both weak, but were dominated by black crappie rather than white crappie so this will be the trend for a couple of years.
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    Thanks and I really appreciate your time and passion for our great spot on planet earth. I fish both lakes and that report is just right. Thanks and if you need anything let me know.

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    We're having another public meeting to discuss fisheries topics on Thursday March 21 at the Lyon Convention Center. 309 Lee S. Jones Park in Eddyville KY. Meeting starts at 7pm and should run about 2 hours. Carp will obviously be the main topic, but we will also discuss other fisheries topics like grass and tournaments.

    All are welcome to attend. If anyone has some topics they would like addressed let me know and I'll see if I can work them in!

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