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    Have you guys found that crappie tend to spawn on/near sandy or rocky bottoms rather than muddy? Has anyone had luck catching them on beds in muddy bottoms?



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    Depends on the lake bottom composition of the lakes you fish. I'm from West Tennessee and there were no lakes with sandy or rocky bottoms, and the waters are full of Crappie, so much so between the levee and the river (Mississippi) as to not have a size limit. I used to wade fish and always sunk deep in mud with each step but caught loads of Crappie and Bluegill. I live in middle Tennessee now and the lakes have a harder bottom. I think they use the best areas available and if the bottom is muddy then they will use it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Barry9 View Post
    Have you guys found that crappie tend to spawn on/near sandy or rocky bottoms rather than muddy? Has anyone had luck catching them on beds in muddy bottoms?



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    Quote Originally Posted by bwilso View Post
    Depends on the lake bottom composition of the lakes you fish. I'm from West Tennessee and there were no lakes with sandy or rocky bottoms, and the waters are full of Crappie, so much so between the levee and the river (Mississippi) as to not have a size limit. I used to wade fish and always sunk deep in mud with each step but caught loads of Crappie and Bluegill. I live in middle Tennessee now and the lakes have a harder bottom. I think they use the best areas available and if the bottom is muddy then they will use it.
    Thanks for the response. I fished a new area of lake Barkley this spring and caught some decent fish that were on bed. But not quite the numbers I was hoping for. I recently heard someone make the sandy/rocky bottom comment and wondered if I needed to search that out next spawn.


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