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    This is something I have never seen this time of year. I caught a few fish at Sardis yesterday, and most of the ones I cleaned still had eggs in them. Any guesses as to why this late in the year?

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    I think I remember hearing a biologist say that they can carry eggs year round but only spawn when the conditions are correct. I know this has been talked about before and I think that's it.

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    We caught 3 in Alabama on Saturday morning and 2 had eggs in them.

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    Weather changes have fish holding eggs because temps never normalize. This is what a couple older fellas told me when we were talking about spawning fish and the lack of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duckhunter View Post
    This is something I have never seen this time of year. I caught a few fish at Sardis yesterday, and most of the ones I cleaned still had eggs in them. Any guesses as to why this late in the year?
    They are the same up here, though the egg sacs are much smaller & a much lighter yellow in color than those caught several weeks ago. That indicates to me that they've partially spawned & possibly still trying to spawn (maybe a little deeper than normal). The yo-yoing water levels & temps from the cold weather & rains has our fish 2-4 weeks behind schedule on spawning.
    If your fish don't finish spawning, they will absorb the remaining eggs. They will eventually start producing a new egg sac in preparation for next Spring's spawn.

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    Have caught fish spawning in may at Grenada . Parked at Choctaw and was the only trailer there . Saw one boat that day go down the lake . This is why I say when it comes to Hunting /fishing " There are no absolutes . "Two years ago I saw a spotted fawn (fully) in December . Strange times .
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    I think there are many times the crappie spawn but don't completely empty all the eggs out Most we are catching here now have egg sacks but the sack is soft even though there are still eggs in it. I think this years weather and water levels here had them on the spawn then off a couple of times.
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