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Crappie Cribs?

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Noticed that URL had some Crappie Cribs put in a few years back. Just wondering if a lot of the guides put houses over these cribs. Considering that they were placed in the lake to help develop the structure and food sources for the rebounding population of fish in URL, I would assume they attract a fair number of fish. With the possibility of just placing some houses over the cribs, I would imagine that one could really devistate some fish populations over a season if the fishing pressure is constant. Do the guides have a common respect for the crappie cribs, or don't the cribs hold the fish to them the way I think.

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We have been up to Red for many a year now and have only had minimal luck around the crappie cribs and that was during open water. I think that the crappie cribs have been tested in the winter though the results have not turned any heads that I am aware of.

We focus on Red in the winter and have found that moving is the key. Any one spot can be good for a day or a few hours.

I do not know if any "respect" is needed by anyone for the cribs......... I'm sure they are effective for the habitat end of things though not for the fishing.....

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I may be wrong on this, but I remember hearing a few years ago that the walleyes kinda took over those areas. Crappies are naturally nomads, just roaming around looking for forage, so I don't see how the cribs would hold them in an area any longer than a nice mud/gravel bottom break. grin.gif

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The cribs hold slabs at times during the year. But to focus on them extensively would be less productive than staying mobile in higher percentage areas.

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