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Does anybody know when the Willard Bay crapy are supposed start spawning
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Usually gets good mid-May. I just tried Willard the past two nights and this morning and we didn’t catch anything. I talked to quite a few people and just about everybody was getting skunked. I talked to one guy that caught one catfish, one walleye and one small mouth bass. That was the best I heard.
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Yeah I thought it was in the middle of may but it's been a few years since I have gone for them in the spawn
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The populations of all non-catfish species is down from previous years...especially crappies and wipers. Most years we are catching both of those in some numbers before the end of April. Not this year.


The peak of the crappie spawn is around Mothers' Day most years. And the wipers go through their unproductive (sterile) spawning ritual about the same time.



Crappie numbers are predicated on having good spawns three or four years previously. Right now, the few crappies that show up are the remnants of low water poor spawn years. Hopefully they have another high water year this year.


DWR has been playing around with different ways to get the wiper numbers up. But there has been poor survival rate on plantings the past few years. The big wipers showing up now are from a planting about 3-4 years ago that did well and has dominated the wiper niche in the ecosystem. But there are some younger year class fish showing up in the nettings and we should see more under 20 inchers this year.


According to netting surveys, there are lots of walleyes in the lake. But that does not always translate to good fishing for anglers. For the past couple of years there has been an overabundance of shad. So the walleyes have fed well...during the brief times they feed. They are all fat and healthy and don't need to demean themselves by chomping on the silly stuff us mere mortal anglers show them. Walleyes are tough enough during leaner times. Keep them well fed and it's downright humiliating. There are a few skillful wallieologists who always manage to catch fish. But newbies and amateurs can count themselves lucky to drag in more than one a trip...or even just one.


As soon as the water temps climb beyond 60 we should see more action. SHOULD.

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I was there this afternoon for 3hrs and got skunk.
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Tube dude thanks for the info the crappie have been crappie fishin the past few years for sure I knock the shit out of the wipers last year tho I have found one thing out about Willard is them wipers do have a feeding time and it Does change Even if everybody says it's slow fishing I got there in fish all day trolling eventually throughout the day in the summer time there will be 2 hours of that day where I knocked the crap out of the wipers but mabey it's just dumb luck I only fish it mabey 7 time a year in the summer
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Willard is a big/small reservoir. While it does hold a lot of fish, the old 90-10 rule definitely applies here. 90% of the fish are usually in only 10% of the water. You gotta use the "biblical system"...SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND. Maybe.


Another factor applies to Willard also. Where there is a lot of food (shad) the predators often feed for only a brief period each day...and ignore fishermen for the rest of the day. Hit it right and you score big. Miss the bite and you smell skunk.


Howsomever...this time of year (before shad spawn and replenish the groceries)...predators have to scrounge for other food sources. They are hungry and if you can find 'em you can usually get bit. So during the early part of the year weather, water levels and water temps have a greater impact on fish location and activity levels.


The best time to go fishing is whenever you can. Because no matter what the conditions, there will usually be hungry fish somewhere on the lake. But you have to move around and keep searching. If you get lucky and find active fish it may be great. If you stay in one place...hoping that active fish will find you...well, you post a Willard skunk report.





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I fish about a dozen different bodies of water on a regular basis each summer from a boat. I have taken notice of the biomass showing up on my sonar in each of those bodies of water. Willard, hands down, has more biomass showing up consistently on my sonar than ANY other body of water; period. And this has been the case for at least the last 2 years. There is a great deal of food choices for just about any fish living there. My walleye and wiper success the last two years has been abysmal in the extreme. And from what I read on these pages, the same is being experienced by many. But hey, what else to I have to do but to chase fish? Wink

Life is good, even without filling the live well each and every trip.


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