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Average size crappie?


eyepatrol

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Just wondering what the average size of crappie are up there that could be expected, should we get into a few. Down here in the southcentral part of the state, when you start hitting that 11" - 12" range, you're getting into some "dandy" crappies. What's the average up there?

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Last year the one's we caught in our one trip up there were 13"-14.5". That seems to be about the norm from what I hear.

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My experience is that they are generally 13.5 inches plus or minus 1 inch. I have seen 15's and I have seen a couple 9's and 11's. Let the 9's & 11's go as those MAYBE the furture slabs of URL. If you are ON them you won't want 9's and 11's anyway.

Good luck.

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Thanks for the info fellas. We won't be keeping any of the 9's to 11's, that I can guarantee you. We get plenty of those down here, along with the occassional 13. I've been told the fish on that lake have a lot bigger shoulders than what they do down here too. Should be a lot of fun if we can get into a few.

Just another quick question...is 4 pound test going to be okay to use up there? Hope so, 'cause I rigged my lines that way due to all the reports I hear of walleyes biting while fishing for crappies. Down here 2lb test is good, but down here we don't get walleyes as frequently while fishing for crappies which allows you to use that 2lb stuff.

thanks

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I would go with 6lb test! there are some very large gators up there! Last year the biggest crappie I got was 16.25in the smallest was about 12in. but then again I only fished about 40 days in the winter up there!!! Oh yea the biggest northern on 6lb line was 22lbs!!

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I just got back from url and we only got 5 slabs. The biggest was 14.5 and the others were 13-13.75in. There are getting to be some nice perch in there though. We got some up to 10.5in.

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Just got back from fishing there on friday and all fish I caught were between 14-15 inches!!

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A group of us just returned from 3 days up there. Caught 23 slabs with the average running around 13.5 inches. We did catch 2 yesterday within 10 minutes of each other that taped out right at 15. The bite is slow...but we felt we did pretty well. My full report is in the Latest Report section.

BJP

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I was up there for two days this weekend and the average size of my crappies was 0.00". 15 or more trips to red in the past 5 years and now i have been skunked. Thank god for the walleyes, perch, and pike.

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