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  1. Curious. Did not mark hardly any fish on most brush piles or the bluffs. The bluffs are a particular puzzle for me and the wife. For twenty years when the water temperature was between 45 and 66 we would consistently catch good stringers of crappie (10 to 20) on very steep, almost vertical bluffs without exception. We had 3 bluffs we focused on. In the last 3 years this bite has completely disappeared. We averaged a little over 4 crappie a trip 4 years ago and this year it is only0.5 crappie a trip. Yup, that sucks..
  2. You broke my heart with that post. lol Went Saturday and Sunday both. Fished bluffs that in years past have always been great for crappie in this water temp. One fish is all we caught. Switched to several brush piles in the 15 to 20 foot range. Not one fish. Tried brush piles in the CC, Stockton State park, and twin bridges area. Nothing at all. Not even a bite. I guess I need to go. I have to have a good cry. lol Water Conditions Twin Bridges - Water stained, 5 ft visibility, shad on the surface. 51F CC - Water stained, 3 ft visibility, 48F Stockton State park area - Light stain, 7 foot visibility, 52F. lots of nice bass (up to 3 lbs) at 20 to 25 feet.
  3. 52 F at Ruark today, 4 or 5 foot visibility. No fish at all, not even a little bass! Water a little stained. 49 F at CC, water dingy, maybe 2 ft visibility. A couple crappie suspended in 15' but a lot of nice bass at 8 to 15'. 2 keepers (which I di not keep). Caught the bass on very large shiners and they were very aggressive and nearly white in appearance.
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    Great post Zarraspook but it is too bad I am color blind, lol.
  5. When you feel uncomfortable doing something it should always make you rethink the situation. Error on the side of safety when in doubt but at least be sure to wear a life jacket and carry your cell phone on a water proof bag just in case.
  6. I looked at dozens of definitions which all said a depth a which a sudden change in water temperature occurs. Well, that is no help. What is sudden to one person may not seem so for others BUT I did find this definition in several research journals. It sounds as good as anything to go by. By this definition there would be no clear specific thermocline in many of the values on the MDC data. But that is not much of a change over 3 ft of water distance. I always measure my surface water temperature at the 5' depth mark because the probe is not exposed to too much direct heating and the top ft is often a few degrees warmer than at 5 ft. Does that mean the thermocline is in the top 5 ft. Not even. The definition I saw the most often was "where the steepest change in water temperature on a temperature/depth graph. More of a common sense approach. So in hind sight I would say I don't really see that sharp a change in the earlier graphs but I agree with you guys that the July 10th graph does reflect a thermocline round 21'. https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/the_thermocline_a_summer_phenomenon_in_michigan_inland_lakes The thermocline is defined as the “depth at which the temperature gradient is steepest during the summer; usually this gradient must be at least 1 degree Celsius per meter of depth” according to the University of Minnesota’s Water on the Web.
  7. you brought up a good point mojorig. I was taught in school at least a 10 degree drop. Around 3 degree drop centigrade. I will do some checking around and see if I can find a "standard" definition.
  8. Thanks for the link Mojorig. I use to monitor that information regularly and then in 2016 the website was shutdown. I am glad they have restarted it again. I looked at those graphs and am afraid I saw no thermocline in any of those 9just my opinion). Usually with a thermocline there is a sudden drop in temperature at the depth of the thermocline. Those graphs generally looked like a slow steady decline in temperature as the depth increases.
  9. I always use minnows. Yes to the standing timer and a definite no to the brush piles. It won't be long until that changes though.
  10. The wife and I have been doing fairly well until the cool weather hit. Last two trips no crappie, not even a small one. I wish I had the answer. Lately though they have been mostly around standing timber. Good Luck.
  11. Rootman, minnows only. By the way my dear wife "reminded" me to edit my report to include her 8 lb flathead she caught. Oooopps Went today too and never caught a crappie. Man did we get rained on. Oh well, that is fishing.
  12. Crappie bite seems to be heating up for us. We caught 12 keepers on the 19th and 19 keepers on the 21st. Water temp 80 to 82, 3' visibility and all fish were 1 to 5 ft deep and in heavy cover.
  13. Sexed many walleyes over the years and that is true. With experience a good biologist can hit around 95% accuracy. I wouldn't used the term key shaped though More like an elongated tear drop.
  14. Launched at CC yesterday morning. Spent a lot of time scanning and really marked only a few fish until I got to within a half mile of Shaw's Bluff. Water was slightly green and stained with around 3 ft visibility. Water temp was 82F, higher than I expected. Caught 8 crappie, 4 keeps but most of them were 11 to 13" long. Tons and tons of shad everywhere. No signs of any surface activity though. And just how many drum are in Stockton right now? WAY TO MANY!!! Also thousands of 3 to 4 " largemouth everywhere. It must have been a very successful spawn this spring with the high water. I saw packs of 25 to 30 of those small bass prowling near the surface looking for food.
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