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crappie fishing in Alabama's coosa river

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By Anonymous - Posted on 12 May 2010

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Although I now live in Columbus Ms, I used to live near Birmingham Al and fished the Coosa chain on occasion.
The best time to catch crappiei anywhere is during the spawn. The timing varies from place to place, but when crappie come in to mate and make nests, the banks are usually lined with anglers, all over the country. Crappie will begin to spawn when the water temperature reaches around 60 degrees, but things like a rising or falling water level, varying turbidity, and many other factors can either delay, or speed up the process. Here’s how it works. When the water temperature rises above 55 degrees, male crappie will follow lines of structure from their winter hang-outs, into shallows, just off of suitable spawning areas. These can be shallow flats, inlets, or any other flat areas in 5-10′ of water, usually with a muddy or sandy bottom, with structure nearby. They will continue to ’stage’ in these areas until the water reaches 60 degrees. In the Deep South, this can be as early as late January and February, and as late as May and June up North. The times I fished the Coosa unless it’s been a hard winter, crappie are usually hopping by late February. At 60 degrees, the males come in, stake out their territory, and build nests. The females come in a few days later, and select suitable mates, and lay their eggs. The water will be around 65 degrees at this time. This goes on for a while. The females leave soon after laying their eggs, but the males stay and guard them until they hatch, when the water is near 72 degrees. Then they head for deeper water as well, using lines of structure to travel. After a short period of recuperation, in which they are difficult to catch, they move off in large schools and ’suspend’, usually along the thermocline with out reference to any structure. Then the fishing gets relay tough, because they are moody, and will stay that way until early fall.


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