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  1. Indirectly it probably does secondary to less fertility and less baitfish + baitfish can be found and eaten easier at a smaller size compared to it's nearby lakes - Pomme and Truman where larger crappie are caught regularly and have a lower length limit. A hog will only grow if it can eat enough to grow. Increase biomass of eaters without increasing food is not the recipe for more consistent and bigger crappie. If fertility of the water and clarity were equal, we probably would not have such a long and enjoyable thread about this. Truman, where the biggest crappie come from, also has more
  2. Indirectly it probably does secondary to less fertility and less baitfish + baitfish can be found and eaten easier at a smaller size compared to it's nearby lakes - Pomme and Truman where larger crappie are caught regularly and have a lower length limit. A hog will only grow if it can eat enough to grow. Increase biomass of eaters without increasing food is not the recipe for more consistent and bigger crappie. If fertility of the water and clarity were equal, we probably would not have such a long and enjoyable thread about this. Truman, where the biggest crappie come from, also has more
  3. If the forage base was better, then a longer length limit would make more sense. Increasing the forage needs by increasing length limit and biomass of crappie would be to the detriment of other predators - including the growth rate of crappie. The change for LL of spotted bass has dramatically increased the number of largemouth and smallmouth that I have accidently caught and size of those fish has increased too-including my PB largemouth at ~6 1/2 lbs. This year I hardly caught any spotted bass and I basically fished the same areas as the last 3 year. I wonder what impact-if any-this popu
  4. I think the clear water on most of Stockton presents a unique challenge to crappie growth and other management. Pomme and Truman produce a lot more large fish than Stockton and their LL is 9 inches. I get pictures of 16 inch + crappie on Pomme de Terre multiple times a year and have caught several 15+ inch crappie on Pomme. Last year two years average size was better for me at Stockton, but biggest fish (and lots of little fish) come from the lake with the lower LL. I finally fished at Truman this Spring it was awesome, but I didn't catch any big crappie. Size varied a lot fish to fish l
  5. 14.5 inches x 3 last year - all white crappie. Average size was better for me this year, but I caught a lot less crappie on Stockton this year.
  6. Thanks for the update and looks like the drum bite was on. The water was extremely still and I usually don't have much luck in calm waters. Congrats! Ron
  7. The good fish were hitting 2-3 weeks ago. I had my best run of 4 trips ever for size. These were over a 9 days. Nothing huge, but consistent. The craziest thing was that the 4th of July was the slowest traffic day of the summer so far and it is usually the busiest in my experience(which is only the past 3 years). I had to fish most of the day yesterday to get 3 keepers, but it was fun. I caught 7 shorts. The catfish were hitting crazy early and then hit a run of drum later on.
  8. I have not been bass fishing, but am regularly catching large mouth and a few smallies, but have not caught a Kentucky/spot yet this year. Last year I kept and ate quite a few. Earlier in the year I caught a lot of small mouth.
  9. Sorry, no report here, I haven't been to Pomme in weeks.
  10. I guess I need to add a fishing trip to the north and eating Pike to my bucket list. I have never had one, but walleye are my favorite fish to eat. I can't imagine that they are better, but would like to be proven wrong.
  11. If you are wanting to catch a limit, I would wait until they quit dropping the lake so much. Once they start letting out ~6 inches a day, my luck fishing for them dramatically drops. It's more fishing and a whole lot less catching. There are a lot better fisherman on this site than me, but that has been my experience over the past 2 years and the same trend on both Pomme and Stockton.
  12. I have just been able to start fishing again about 3 years ago. 25 1/2 inches is the best that I have done on Stockton Lake. I caught a 7 lb walleye on a Shad Rap in the 1980's where I grew up and river fishing. My dad caught a couple of 10 lbers and my brother caught a 9 lber. My grandfather caught the biggest on a minnow - a 14 lb walleye in the late 70's. The mount is still at my parents.
  13. Thanks for the response! Where would l look for the MDC prospectus?
  14. Do you know when they do the census/crappie sampling and sample other gamefish? Several on this site state that recruitment is better during a flood and it makes sense + I know at Pomme last fall and early this spring near the dam, there were crazy numbers of shad, so I think their recruitment was excellent last year. I am curious how well the actual spawn went for the other species. Also does it usually take 2-3 years before we have a good idea how the spawn really went for game fish? I do know when I fished on the Sac River below Caplinger earlier this spring, I have never caught so many
  15. I am beginning to worry about the spawn this year. This past weekend I was trolling and turned in 60 feet of water ~200 yards from bank and caught a nice white female crappie full of eggs about 18 feet down. She was at least 150-200 yards from the bank. Most of the fish that I have caught have not spawned and are busting with eggs and in good flesh. Do we have any experts that have an educated guess when the crappie will give up on spawning. Several more senior friends tell me that they aren't going to spawn this year and that the spawn last year was very weak by the fish they caught.
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