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  1. I finally go to go chase walleye with Ed on Tuesday and the fishing and education were outstanding. Unfortunately, the bite was very tough, but Ed went above and beyond. I would highly recommend him to those of you that want to learn more about walleye fishing and to get to fish with an expert that is also a great person. Thanks again! Ron
  2. I have only gotten to go a couple of times on Pomme, but the catfish have been hitting. Lots of fun on crappie gear! Keeper crappie have been a lot tougher to find this year and no limits since the spawn and not many then either. Weird year for me!
  3. You have done much better than me this year. I haven't caught a keep walleye in 6 weeks. Lots and lots of shorts though. Also catching a lot more short crappie than keepers. Keep up the good work! I still need to set up a guided trip with you. I do have a couple of days off in September if you are not already booked. Please send a PM if you have some free time.
  4. Jeff Faulkenberry-I don't know if he is still guiding, but he would be a good choice as well.
  5. I usually catch my shad at Pomme near Bolivar Landing. I don't have a go to place on Stockton though.
  6. Slow fishing again this afternoon for me with jigs, but kept 6 and threw back twice that many. The whites are still full of eggs and I threw back a couple of 9 inch whites that were busting with eggs. The blacks that I caught tonight had spawned.
  7. Apparently the minnow bite has been decent/good. My first trip was Wednesday evening and it was slow with jigs. Caught about an equal number of shorts to the 5 nice keepers. It's enough for a good meal for us. Last year I would have limited in less time than it took to catch these 5. None of the females that I caught had spawned yet, but looked very close.
  8. Thanks for this thread! I hadn't thought about the protective function of the male crappie and their importance to the little crappie making it and the future population. I will probably keep more females than I used to.
  9. I guess there was a big shad kill on Pomme with the ice. At least per my buddy who went fishing on Saturday on Pomme.
  10. 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 cover. Pomme and Stockton seem pretty close on this variable. I am sure there are other variables as well. Cover and feed source seem to be much more important that length limit locally. For clarity, I am not a fishery biologist and I fish mainly Pomme and Stockton. My observation is that Pomme has far more shad than Stockton and the few times that I have been to Truman, I note more schools of shad than I do on Stockton. Hopefully someone with real numbers will chime and prove or disprove this theory.
  11. 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 cover. Pomme and Stockton seem pretty close on this variable. I am sure there are other variables as well.
  12. 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 population shift will have on the crappie and walleye populations though.
  13. 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 like Pomme. I did see a couple of 18 inch crappie that sure looked huge to me though.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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