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Late May - West end Kab?

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Hi,
Memorial week -
Do the crappies hit west end for spawn, say Tom Cod, Windigo, Bald Rock, Moose and Mallard, or do the walleyes run 'em off?

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Robert C
I only recall catching crappies of any size or number in the areas you mentioned once.

I caught several crappies on Tom Cod Bay, or I should say in the tributary, Tom Cod Creek.
The particular year as I remember, the weeds hadn"t fully come in yet.

While fishing the sand bar and reef out from bald rock I've caught an occasional crappie, but sparingly. guts <{{{{{><

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Hello,
Crappies that time of year are usually the best in the Lost Bay or Sullivan Bay areas. I have caught a few on the west part of kab. but nothing with numbers. Good Luck fishkab

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Thanks. When is typical ice-out up there?

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Robert, Normal ice out is the later part of April to the first week of May. The earliest ice out is about April 15, and the lastest was around May 20. It will be interesting this year with the thicker ice than the last couple of years. fishkab

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Okay, so with that as the typical ice-out window, and if what I'm reading about spawning cycles and triggers for different species is to be believed, then by the time memorial week comes around, walleye & northerns will have headed back to their pre-spawn routines, but crappies may be in active spawn. Am I guessing right?

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Robert, The spawn is all about water temp. the northerns spawn first, sometimes in the bays and creeks while there is still ice on the lake. Cold water. The eyes start spawning when the water temp hits about 42-44 and are ususally all done by the time the water temp hits 50. The crappies spawn with temps in the mid 60's. Much of this time frame depends on the spring temps and the amount of warm weather come May. usually the crappies will be in deeper water waiting for warm water, or if some bays have warmed up they will be there doing there thing. Weather is the key. fishkab

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