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Lake: Crawford Reservoir
Fish: Yellow Perch

Crawford Perch Fest

Post By: Digginjiggin      Posted: 12/28/2019 7:59:44 AM     Points: 307    
Dave and I hit Crawford yesterday from 7 to 2. We fished on 4” of solid ice near the dam, that is the only safe ice now, but with single digit temps the next week that will change quickly. I popped 4 holes in my favorite crappie spot in 32 FOW and we started catching perch and a few crappie right off. The crappie were about 10 per cent of the fish we caught and only a few keepers over 8”. But the perch are loaded there now, mostly 6-7” but we found enough from 8”-10” to make the grease sizzle. We each landed over 100 perch. Glow white and glgreen/orange combo worked best for us. The perch were stacked from 15’ down to the bottom.
Before folks criticize this report saying I am blowing up this lake, realize it is 4-6 hours from the front range, the locals hit it hard regardless, and the 6” perch need thinned since they keep removing the pike. Overall a great day for icing with the pre-front , cloudy day on a beautiful lake.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 12/28/2019 8:43:40 AM     Points: 12250    
That sounds like a blast. Looking forward to getting out with you soon. A mess of good eats for sure.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 12/28/2019 9:36:18 AM     Points: 5127    
Nice mess of fish, I didn't notice the crappie at first but good eats for sure. Thanks for sharing.
 Reply by: Salmon Slayer      Posted: 12/28/2019 10:21:18 AM     Points: 1558    
Wow!, what a terrific day fishin'. Congrats!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 12/28/2019 10:24:19 AM     Points: 232    
Nice job! I haven’t fished Crawford in years.No Pike?👍🎣🍻
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 12/28/2019 11:45:33 AM     Points: 53634    
Man you guys always kill it! Nice haul!
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 12/28/2019 12:31:59 PM     Points: 2326    
Well done as always Diggin!
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 12/28/2019 12:58:58 PM     Points: 307    
Thanks, guys, it is rare that a hot bite lasts that long. Bryan, the CPW keeps netting the spawning pike out every spring, so we don’t even put out tip-ups like in the past. Guys that fish it a lot say there is mainly hammer handles left. I left my opinion with the park manager that they need to keep a few dozen at least to thin the herds of perch so they can get bigger. Right now they are eating clouds of plankton, about every perch from 20’ down had a big mouthful of plankton, thus why glow white and pale green rat finkee’s work so well.
 Reply by: Swampy13      Posted: 12/28/2019 1:37:48 PM     Points: 82    
Can't complain about a day like that. We almost went there, but hit up the gaps instead. Maybe next week.
 Reply by: buffchip      Posted: 12/28/2019 2:59:02 PM     Points: 2605    
Hmmm. Wonder what they do with the larger pike that they net in the spring?
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 12/28/2019 4:11:12 PM     Points: 232    
Jerry—Thx for your report and input! I forgot to ask you about Largemouth! Have you heard if they are becoming more prominent or is it still just an occasional catch?
 Reply by: Damertz      Posted: 12/29/2019 9:19:19 PM     Points: 0    
So from what I'm reading they have pretty much destroyed the pike fishing over there also? What's with this state and northern pike they got a major hard-on for them!! They seem to be constantly trying to get rid of them, one of the only freshwater fish I personally truly enjoy catching!!
 Reply by: dasflikken      Posted: 12/30/2019 7:59:20 AM     Points: 5717    
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 12/30/2019 9:48:49 AM     Points: 806    
Buffchip: Pretty sure they just kill'em :-(
 Reply by: CoachK      Posted: 12/30/2019 2:09:22 PM     Points: 140    
How did you do down in the corner in your Slimer spot?
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 12/30/2019 7:29:14 PM     Points: 534    
B it looks like they are stocking 8000 largemouth per year but at only 2 inches it seems like survival rate would be pretty low.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 12/30/2019 9:39:29 PM     Points: 307    
Well, Coach.

We didn’t catch a single slimer, but since I already have the belt, I had no reason to leave our holes we had frenzied up to try my corner, haha. Nope, just stayed in the first 4 holes I drilled (in your spot using your old favorite Finke jigs), Lol, Coach, you coached me up good! Going back Saturday with Russ and Karen for a repeat!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 12/31/2019 1:32:27 AM     Points: 232    
Thx Lynn! 👍 I did see a couple of guys photos of a 3 and 4 lber last year so hopefully there’ll be a few breeders that can produce some that will survive besides the little stockers?🎣

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