Fished for 4 hours off of DB this afternoon... Didn't mark a single fish. I won't be going back this winter.
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Steviejoe, I also know these two fine gentlemen you speak of very well. They are from Illinois. They enjoy their retirement years catching crappie and giving plenty away to patrons that live on the lake..one in fact let’s them park their rig at their house so these two fine gents get around ramp fees at the county park. I sir am most certainly not jealous as I can catch plenty of any species. I just don’t feel the need to stock pile fish for everyone’s “winter supply.” The fact that you say you need scientific evidence to prove that over harvesting one particular species hurts the population shows your ignorance as...of course it does! It goes without saying to most. Thanks for your input though. Maybe we can get a scientific study going on the bep as they are working on that body of water now.?
Crappie justice, perception can be very misleading. I know the two gentleman very well that you inncorrectly feel have contributed to the decline in the crappie population. Most of the time these fine gentleman release the majority of their fish, especially the smaller ones. I agree with Duffin regarding the up and down cycles on Dubay ,as I know he has fished Dubay since he was a kid and seen good years and bad years. Making accusations regarding an entire lakes annual production without scientific evidence is irresponsible or maybe jealousy by some who lack the ability to catch as many and release as many as these two fine individuals. Like I said perception can lead to inncorrect assumptions and serves no purpose on this site. stevie joe
Crawdaddy: we got many too. We did find some with little panfish, but mainly it seemed they were puking up emerald shiners. Lots and lots of little white bass this year, so a half digested white bass could pass as a little crappie. Crappie we kept were full of bugs and little minnows. Hope you are right though..
i also see that lake Wausau is one of the lakes implementing the 10/25 rule (10 of any one panfish species, 25 total). Wish they would do that all over....especially Dubay “:)
Woody eckes: I agree that Dubay gets hit hard in winter..but I would have to disagree that more are taken in winter, simply because of access. There are many great areas you just cannot get to safely. You might hear of good days here and there in the back bays, but those fish don’t stack and sit there all winter. A majority of people that ice fish here do poor as evidenced by talking with random people, talking with friends, watching people, and past fishing reports here on good ole lake link. You can sit and see a city of tip downs by tiki bar do nothing all day, week, month.
These guys spider ringing in the open water months can catch over 100 crappie a day. Just those two retired fine folks do a lot of damage as they fish everyday...everyday. Think about that. If they kept just 10 fish a day between the two of them, that’s 300 fish a month! They teach many others to do the same so...that math isn’t in the crappies favor.
Duffin: I agree there are up an down years but in the last 15 or so years fishin Dubay, I have never known the crappie population to be this poor. Blame it on year class if you want, it might contribute, but I really doubt that is the problem all by itself. 10 fish limit would be nice.
Report: I was out and found 3” in one area that wouldn’t be my first pick, but at least I got out. Not much going on though.