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Christopher Quast

What size crappies do you keep around the west metro lakes?

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Just seeing what everyone else's version of a keeper crappie is during the spawn and year round???

Thought this would be interesting to know!

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Thats what I normally keep too depending on the lake and the bite will keep some 12's or 13's during ice fishing, but not in the spring usually

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7"-15", pretty much year round

Are you serious as small as 7" thats pretty darn small IMO WOW!!! a 8" is really small ,but to each their own

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If the fishery can support it, and there are no other circumstances to contend with (deep hooking, trophys.... ) typically I'll keep crappies between 9" and 11" for the table. About 1/2 the daily limit for the two of us, 10 fish total. That's about right for a good meal with little or no left-overs...

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I generally keep fish in the 9-11" range. Fish over 11" will typically go back and occasionally I'll keep some 8" if I'm really hungry smile

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whats your first name moose hunter I live near you to the west a little

Don't tell me there's another "Colognite" lurking around these parts??!! wink First name's Dan... And your's?

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Yep Matt that is usually my keeper size also if they are hot, but mostly I keep a variety just so you don't take out just one age class of fish.

Dan, Hmmm don't think I know you prolly not, my name is Chris and I'm actually a Norwoodian

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I like 10-12. Very selective when it comes to fish being kept. Unless I plan to eat them that night and we already have a meal in the freezer, the fish go back. 10 fish is the max I ever like to bring back.

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9" should be the standard most places. In some stunted lakes people will take some 8 1/2" fish. They taste good but you need to cook at a lower temp so they dont fry up to nothing.

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8 and a 1/2 inchers taste much better than 12 inchers out of most lakes.

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The smallest I take are 8" out of one of the lakes I fish, only because it's loaded with fish that size...in fact in 2 years fishing it I've never pulled anything over 10 out of it. Ideal for me is a 9" fish...perfect for the pan. Honestly I don't catch many over 10" unfortunately.

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Quote:
8 and a 1/2 inchers taste much better than 12 inchers

Great point. about 10 1/2" they get very mushy.

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