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    Biologically the larger the crappie, the less...

    Biologically the larger the crappie, the less time it has to live. Most crappie do not live much past 5 years. Some will live 8-9 years but they are generally the slow growing ones. When a crappie...
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    Most all of the crappie have spawned by now. It's...

    Most all of the crappie have spawned by now. It's not unusual to find eggs in crappie year-round. High water years, especially when there isn't a quick drawdown during the spawn pretty much always...
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    We manage crappie in Missouri to protect them to...

    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...
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    High water usually means increased production. It...

    High water usually means increased production. It all depends on the water level staying up until they hatch though.
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    They only allow fishing from the public part of...

    They only allow fishing from the public part of the docks during the slower winter season. There is a dock at Crow's Creek boat ramp that's open and free all year.
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    They're trying to get down so when the spawn...

    They're trying to get down so when the spawn occurs, they won't have to let water out. It's now almost 2' down and they've stopped releasing water. When Smithville lake gets 4' high, the Corps has to...
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    The crappie haven't moved to the banks quite yet...

    The crappie haven't moved to the banks quite yet over most of the lake. Crappie production does vary from year to year and that's often a good thing. A weak year class every now and then can be...
  8. Man-Made reservoirs usually have very little...

    Man-Made reservoirs usually have very little aquatic vegetation, especially if the water levels fluctuate a lot. Even stable reservoirs can take over 50 years to develop aquatic plant communities....
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    If you can harvest the black crappie under 9", it...

    If you can harvest the black crappie under 9", it could help the overall population down the road. Thanks. Here's info on the new regulation in case you haven't heard....
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    looks like part of a turtle's pelvis. But that's...

    looks like part of a turtle's pelvis. But that's just a guess.
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    There was a large year class produced in 2017....

    There was a large year class produced in 2017. The sampling that fall had more than double the catch of 2018 of crappie under 5"
  12. Thread: Cast nets

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    The mesh size does not apply to cast nets. There...

    The mesh size does not apply to cast nets. There are no regulations on cast net size or mesh
  13. Congrats Dave, job well done! I'm really looking...

    Congrats Dave, job well done! I'm really looking forward to watching how this works.
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    Congratulations Eric, job well done! Wish I had...

    Congratulations Eric, job well done! Wish I had thought of this 20 years ago when I couldn't get separate black and white crappie regulations through. I will do my part to reduce the black crappie...
  15. Thread: Deep Crappie

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    The speed in which you bring them up is the key. ...

    The speed in which you bring them up is the key. They get the bends just like divers who surface too quickly after a deep dive. In fish the swim bladder and stomach can become filled with gasses if...
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    It was likely someone's pet that got too big for...

    It was likely someone's pet that got too big for them and they released it. I have not heard if one had been caught, but there have been several caught over the years in the KC area. An alligator...
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    I expect this to be approved by the Regulations...

    I expect this to be approved by the Regulations Committee and our Commission. I haven't heard if that has occurred yet though. It will then be posted on the Secretary of State's webpage for public...
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    A decision should be coming by the end of the...

    A decision should be coming by the end of the year. Then it will be posted on the Secretary of State page for comments. Earliest it would become effective is March 1, 2019.
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    I've been doing well on days with some wind on...

    I've been doing well on days with some wind on the main lake points. I've been in quite a few nice schools. One was almost 2 acres in size! I was using my favorite jigging spoon and only catching...
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    A 3 foot water level drop in Smithville this year...

    A 3 foot water level drop in Smithville this year won't have any real impact on fish.
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    The white crappie are growing well. They reach...

    The white crappie are growing well. They reach 9+" in 3 years. The black crappie die out at 8 or 9 years of age with only 2% ever reaching 9".
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    Hot water holds less oxygen and drum require more...

    Hot water holds less oxygen and drum require more oxygen than other species. They're usually the first to die when oxygen levels drop. Microscopic algae is really blooming right now, you may have...
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    There were low oxygen conditions last week and...

    There were low oxygen conditions last week and drum are usually the first the succumb.
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    There were some white cats in Truman way back in...

    There were some white cats in Truman way back in the day. We aren't sure who stocked them. They are a bullhead species that are native to the Atlantic and some gulf coastal streams in the southeast....
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    Yes, 176,000 per year are scheduled for NorFork.

    Yes, 176,000 per year are scheduled for NorFork.
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    We got ours out of the gasconade river in Bell...

    We got ours out of the gasconade river in Bell Chute. There may be some private sources too. New ponds need to age a little. There's usually not anything but clay soil on the bottom. The pond will...
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    there is some limited reproduction at all lakes...

    there is some limited reproduction at all lakes but not at levels high enough to sustain the populations. we aren't sure why. Either the eggs don't hatch or the fry don't survive. we used to stock...
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    No. Mark twain was removed from the stocking list...

    No. Mark twain was removed from the stocking list due to poor returns on the stocked fish.
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    Stockton is our highest priority walleye lake and...

    Stockton is our highest priority walleye lake and is stocked annually.
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    It appears to be a mooneye. The dorsal and anal...

    It appears to be a mooneye. The dorsal and anal fins appear to be even at their starting points. The goldeye has the dorsal fin start behind the anal fin. 301838
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