Crappie Spawn - East Tennessee Fishing

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Old 02-20-2009, 07:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone know what time of the month crappie start to spawn? I read it usually starts around 45 degrees of water temp.
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They wont spawn until they see water temps in the lower 60's. It will be a while.
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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So is the best fishing in the prespawn period just before the spawn / I cut this out of a article I found.

Crappie are fairly active year round, but fall and spring offer the hottest fishing. The warming spring water temperatures triggers a feed-a-thon amongst fish. Crappie spawn when the water temperature reaches about 52-60 degrees. Just before spawning (when the water hits about 48-51 degrees), they move into shallower water and feed aggressively. This is known as the pre-spawn period.
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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all the old timers say watch for the red buds to blossom, then go load the boat.
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