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Thread: Any crappie reports for East Fork lake or Ohio River?

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    I finally got out again Tuesday before this rain. It took me a while before I found a pattern but ended up with a nice mixed bag of crappie, bluegill, spotted & largemouth bass & a couple of hybrids. No BIG fish but a steady bite. Ended up throwing them all back at the end of the day. After all this rain it will take a few days for the water to clear up. Creeks are rolling & muddy this morning and more rain coming. I love Fall fishing. Hybrids starting to show up again in the river too.
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    "It took me a while before I found a pattern but ended up with a nice mixed bag of crappie, bluegill, spotted & largemouth bass & a couple of hybrids"

    You had to be fishing the river creeks

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    Yes, I put in at Ripley and fished 4 different creeks.
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    Been a good week.
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    Letís just say my fishing has not been so good. Ole girl is in Florida being rebuilt after she popped. 🤦*♂️
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    Hang in there Robin....I'm still hanging out in the trees for a few more weeks.
    I'll give you a call when I finally get down.
    I hope you get the motor back soon.

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    Good luck on the repairs.

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    Three of us went to east fork Thanksgiving weekend caught about 75 only 3 keepers— wish they would raise limit to 10 inches and lower daily max to 15 fish would make east fork better fishery
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffR View Post
    Three of us went to east fork Thanksgiving weekend caught about 75 only 3 keepers— wish they would raise limit to 10 inches and lower daily max to 15 fish would make east fork better fishery
    Thanks for posting. With the river levels high, I may head to EF in the next week or two. Unfortunately, I've done about the same as you the past few times. Personally, I think there are too many small crappie in there that need to be thinned out, either through harvest or more predatory fish, or both.

    Sounds like the musky have never taken hold there. Do they stock saugeye? Maybe they should. Boltz in N.KY stocked saugeye not too long back and the crappie #s seem lower, but average size is a lot larger. Of course, they also did pull some stunted crappie from that lake a few years back.

    Just seems like there are too many small crappie in EF for the amount of food.

    But whatever it is at EF, I hope it can be fixed. I love the lake.

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    I got out yesterday for about 3 hours in the afternoon til it got dark. Went to Ohio River trib. I wanted to get out knowing all this rain was coming. I headed to my normal spots up the creek and fished some deeper holes and found the water to be a cold 36.5

    I travelled a quarter mile toward the river and water warmed to about 40 and that made a big difference. Seems like somewhere around that 40 degree mark, the fish really slow to the point where it becomes tough fishing.

    I didn't do great but caught 1/2 dozen crappie and - surprisingly - 1/2 dozen bass. Everything caught was by vertical jigging slowly in 12+ feet of water. They were near the bottom. I typically will catch the occasional bass but surprised I caught so many. None of the fish were that big. Biggest bass was about 14". Biggest crappie around 11" but it was a good day considering it's mid December.

    With the forecast, I think we'll be ice free for a while. I hope to get out next weekend.

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