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Michigan Crappie Forecast - 2008

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Michigan Crappie Forecast - 2008
ven on the best waters crappie populations explode and recede, a phenomenon that everyone agrees takes place, but no one really knows why. A lake may be full of fish one year, left high and dry the next and a few years later, anglers are hauling them out by the bucket again.

A number of factors -- food, angling pressure and environmental conditions -- may contribute to the ever-changing nature of crappie populations.

Crappies usually enjoy successful spawns following a high-water period and once a large year-class is established, they may dominate the fishery for several years until the inevitable downswing comes. These cycles typically last as long as five years before they come full circle.

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