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HugeRodParticipantMarch 16, 2018 at 2:46 pmPost count: 213HugeRodParticipantMarch 13, 2018 at 11:59 pmPost count: 213HugeRodParticipantMarch 13, 2018 at 11:55 pmPost count: 213
I would like to put my own personal experience into a response for your problem. The only time crappies will hurt a pond, is when they are stocked prior to a healthy population of bass. If a pond is 1 acre, or 20 acres makes no difference, period. Throw away your DNR textbooks, experience is always your best teacher.
We’ve been stocking ponds this way for 40 years and have had no problems. Crappie populations are typically boom or bust, you never know what kind of spawning weather you will get, from one year to the next.
Perch are another specie you can add, although you will be hard pressed to get a good population of them in a pond with a healthy bass population.
Back to your thin crappies, sounds like they need more food, but would think they could get all they need with a healthy bunch of bluegills. Crappies generally will not eat snails, so that is eliminated from the menu. Small crappies eat the same as other panfish, but you say that the big ones are thin. A cousin of mine stocks mud minnows in ponds, and they do just fine, as long as they have enough shallow water, and weeds to escape in. He has also tried the bagged feed, but all the fish become accustomed to meal time, and even big cats will surface to get at the bagged stuff.
Without seeing the pond, it’s hard to make a good recommendation, shallow water weeds, watershed type, fishing pressure, structure, all play a role in success or failure.
For now I’ll tell you good luck, and hope you can get things going in the right direction,
RodHugeRodParticipantMarch 9, 2018 at 1:42 amPost count: 213
Have caught them when there is still ice in places, must fish slow at those times, probably jig and minnow, as light a head as you can get by with. Also, tipping with a piece of crawler can work. If fishing a river, laying a chub on bottom is a good way, while casting your jig. If fishing out of a boat, your options increase, maybe vertical jig a blade bait. One of my favorites is a cast master with a dropper chain and treble, tipped with a minnow hooked through the tail. Works all year long. On a river, find your current breaks along with some rocks, and your set.
RodHugeRodParticipantMarch 7, 2018 at 11:20 pmPost count: 213HugeRodParticipantMarch 3, 2018 at 2:48 pmPost count: 213
Walmart dropping gun sales was no big deal here, no announcement that I can recall. Don’t know their reason, I pretty much didn’t care, just go somewhere else.
What guns I own, are ones I, and my kids hunt with, we don’t collect them, would rather deal with someone else anyway, just a little more personal.
RodHugeRodParticipantMarch 2, 2018 at 4:48 pmPost count: 213HugeRodParticipantFebruary 28, 2018 at 12:08 amPost count: 213
Amen, kill em’ all!HugeRodParticipantFebruary 24, 2018 at 9:25 pmPost count: 213
Devil’s Lake ND has freshwater shrimp, they are not real big, but the perch, walleyes, and northerns bellies are just full of them. Wish I could get some in my pond, the growth rate is tremendous at that north destination. Can’t see a problem with them, no different than throwing perch or crappies in a pond, we’ve been doing it for years with good success, as long as a good predator base is there first.
RodHugeRodParticipantFebruary 14, 2018 at 2:39 amPost count: 213HugeRodParticipantFebruary 14, 2018 at 2:34 amPost count: 213
If you get bees, make sure you register with the state. When applicators of pesticides spread, they are required to check for bees, if they are not registered they may spray when bees are out of the hive, and kill them. We ran into this on one of our farms a few years back, I knew the bees were there, so we followed the law anyway, even though the bee owner had not registered his hives.
RodHugeRodParticipantFebruary 8, 2018 at 11:49 pmPost count: 213
I would support a law to allow dogs to help recover deer. The previous poster cited a 24 hour wait to start tracking, I would have a problem with that. In our neck of the woods, coyotes also trail wounded deer, we have to consider this, as far as leaving the deer overnight to settle down and die. We’ve lost several deer this way, one was hit in the morning, and when we caught up with it at 11:00 the same morning, it was about 1/3 gone due to coyotes. We’ve also gut shot deer that will definitely die, but may not within 24 hours, this also happened to us, we did recover the deer, bot he was still running well the next day.
The second rule I would also have a problem with, as I hunt alone most of the time and would need my bow to give that deer that’s still alive a follow up shot.
There are good things and bad with any new law, I would hope there would be some good discussion of the topic.
RodHugeRodParticipantFebruary 8, 2018 at 7:26 pmPost count: 213HugeRodParticipantFebruary 8, 2018 at 6:16 pmPost count: 213HugeRodParticipantDecember 23, 2017 at 2:40 pmPost count: 213