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Offline crappieman

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Best material for crappie condos
« on: October 14, 2014, 01:33:54 PM »
I'm thinking of building some crappie condos and wonder what is the best material to use.  Also where is the best place to put them.

Offline T-Slab

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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2015, 07:08:41 PM »
There is a ton of stuff that can be used.  PVC, Bamboo, Brush, Wood Strips, Tree limbs, etc.  Really no help on where to place them as I'm still learning.  Ideally in the creek channels or on edge of them maybe points to.

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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2015, 07:42:31 PM »
PVC is at the top of my list since it's rather hard to find using SI & it last longerthan most other material. ...
As far as where it really depends on the lake & the habits of the fish, depth is a big factor but don't forget to think of the wind or areas protected from certain wind directions....
Me I have several "spots" with structure in different depths & with protection from different directions of wind....
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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2015, 07:55:29 PM »
In the past I used wood stakes to make a stake bed.  I just tried pvc and am going about using pvc in the future.  Cost is a little less and they are easier to make using the pvc.

Stake beds aren't hard, it just takes time to get it right.

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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2015, 08:32:38 PM »
I prefer pvc but haven't had time to build any for some time due to work pressures.

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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2015, 06:58:19 PM »
pvc is easier to work with and lasts longer.  Trees and brush can be free to use.

The best place to sink them is my slip at Joe Pool.  :LOL

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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2015, 07:44:38 PM »
I use both, natural and man made. I think the natural stuff gets the food chain going faster, small stuff to large stuff. But I like fishing in the man made stuff because your catch to land ratio is higher. Its a bunch easier to work a fish out of a mossback rack than it is to work one out of a Christmas tree... IMO
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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2015, 10:43:19 AM »
I use both, natural and man made. I think the natural stuff gets the food chain going faster, small stuff to large stuff. But I like fishing in the man made stuff because your catch to land ratio is higher. Its a bunch easier to work a fish out of a mossback rack than it is to work one out of a Christmas tree... IMO

Some of the crappie I have hooked at the slip have done a great job of wrapping the line around those pvc pipes.  They often manage to lose the hook before I can get them out.  :(

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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2015, 10:43:48 PM »
I caqn tell ya what Not to use.. Hackberry!!! crappies dont do hackberry.
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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2015, 04:28:19 PM »
i like bamboo myself   
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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2015, 08:17:42 PM »
I plan on making some from bamboo this weekend. Should I put anything with the bamboo like some pic? Any ideas on how long they will last if I do straight bamboo and if using a bucket for the base how many in each location would you sink? I'm not sure if it should be multiple in one spot or just one very bushy one. I hope that we get them in the water in the next week so I can try em out. If they become productive then maybe I can share some Ketchn time on my new spots. Time will tell.

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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2015, 09:12:34 PM »
I like several in one spot myself.  But part of it depends on size.  I like to cover a 10' x 10' area.  I don't mean have them touching each other in a 100 sq ft area, I mean have several in the area with a few feet between them.

Years ago I did some stake beds on Benbrook, where I was placing the stakes 1' apart from each other.  So I was using 100 stakes in a 10' x 10' pattern.

Back then I could get the stakes free from a friend.  Now I would need to buy them and that could get expensive.  So I doubt I will be doing stake beds anymore unless I find another free source for the stakes.  :)

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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2015, 12:32:10 AM »
white pvc will gross moss quicker and the fish will come quicker to it.


here are stake beds with bamboo shoots driven in the bottom of the lake.

shallow for spring and deep for summer and winter fishing . check it out


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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2015, 09:49:58 PM »
It just hit me tonight.  With that dock moving my slip all over that cove on Joe Pool Lake I bet I have lost the porcupine fish attractors I placed in my slip.   :'(

And one of my neighbors had over 30 xmas trees that he placed in his slip over the last two years.  He is going to be one unhappy camper if he has lost all that hard work.  That is a long way to carry those trees and blocks since he is near the end of the dock.

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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2015, 09:56:04 PM »
think i would carry the trees and blocks down there in the boat if it were me .

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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2015, 10:10:45 PM »
He has a 21 x 50 foot slip where he has built a 20' deck on it.  His boat is an older houseboat that hasn't been moved in the three years that I have had my slip.   He starts his engine once a month to keep it working but that is the only time the engine is used.

So he did the hard work of carrying everything from the parking lot to his slip.

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Re: Best material for crappie condos
« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2015, 08:51:11 PM »
 :NiceThread :NiceThread thanks for the post
It just hit me tonight.  With that dock moving my slip all over that cove on Joe Pool Lake I bet I have lost the porcupine fish attractors I placed in my slip.   :'(

And one of my neighbors had over 30 xmas trees that he placed in his slip over the last two years.  He is going to be one unhappy camper if he has lost all that hard work.  That is a long way to carry those trees and blocks since he is near the end of the dock.
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