Posted by Jimmy Yarbrough on April 11, 2005 at 20:26:45:
Kerry- I am not so sure that raising the water will hurt the crappie spawn especially if the water is relatively clear. I think the eggs will still hatch, but it might take a little longer since the deeper water would be a little cooler. Just my opinion. Rising water due to floods is a different story. Silt from the muddy water could cover the eggs and suffocate them. By far the worst thing is lowering the water during the spawn as TVA has done so many times in the past. The survival rate on dry land sure as heck isn't too good. The studies I have seen on poor hatches show low survival rates have been during flood years. I think the mud and current make it difficult for the fry to find food if they hatch at all. I believe Keith Floyd reads this site and maybe he can add some input.
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