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Crappie Attractor

Discussion in 'Hunting & Fishing' started by ahlosojoe, Mar 18, 2021.

  1. ahlosojoe

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    Need some info from some of you crappie catchers. I am trying to plant some brush off of a dock to attract fish. I have used cedar trees...concrete block on the bottom with nylon rope tied to railing. My problem has been beavers!!! They cut the tree off and leave nothing but the block and nylon rope. What can I use that won't be as attractive to the beavers? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. xseler

    xseler These are not the firearms you're looking for.

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    Artificial Christmas Trees???
     
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    I use a #330 Conibear. They are not real attractive to beavers. lol

    But on the serious side our game department planted a few things in our local lake made out of 3-4' sections of 1 inch plastic flex pipe sticking upright about 3" apart. I thought they looked stupid and were a joke but I actually did catch a few crappie around them, Might check with them and get some ideas on making something similar.
     
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    Short pieces of pex pipe or whatever plastic pipe, make you a tree. Been doing so for years, they work. A whole lot less hang ups too!
     
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    I'm still lookin' for a device that attracts fried crappie... :D

    Luck.
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    I had a Shihtzu dog once that loved fried crappie. He would poke my leg with his nose wanting his turn. Then if it didn't have enough Tarter sauce on it he would turn his head until you prepared his piece properly. Spoiled rotten BRAT.
     
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    ROFL! That should be somewhere in the Guinness book of world records... :D
    :drunk2:
     
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    Easy to make. I used some concrete blocks I had and did this. Cheap to make, scrap pvc and a bag of concrete
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    A gun or ammo will empty my freezer of crappie. :hey3:
     
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    Made several of those spider blocks to use as well. They are excellent attractors.
    For the OP, put your brush out deeper where beaver won't mess with them. I typically fish for crappie in December through February when there is no thermocline in depths of 20-30'. They are balled up on structure and fairly easy to catch.
    What I'm getting is that your on late spring and summer crappie in shallow water. Pre and post spawn patterns in the beavers normal habitat.
    Artificial habitat is your only answer as Dlbleak already posted. I've seen some made from pallets nailed into a triangle with cement block or rocks to sink them. NEVER EVER try to put cement blocks or weight on a dead tree, only green. You can't imagine how much weight it takes to sink dry wood.
    Another artificial structure is the orange barrier fence you see in construction areas. Cut it into strips about 6' or longer, bundle at the bottom with stainless steel wire, put it in flower pot molds and fill with concrete. The plastic will float, get covered in algae and become an attractant the beaver won't mess with. An Okla Wildlife department employee created this attractant with the plastic fence and I've used it with good success in my pond. Put a dozen strips into a 16 oz red solo cup filled with concrete and throw it into the pond. Lake attractants like this should be heavy so current in flood times doesn't move them.
     
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