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Last year during the spring I mostly fished submerged willow trees near the bank, probably 3-5 feet of water. With water levels low this year, any ideas on strategies for the spawn? I fish Kerr Lake, but I imagine many NC reservoirs have a similar situation.
 

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Rocky areas, stumps, depressions out of the current. They may even delay laying their eggs until deeper water warms with more structure if it gets too crowded everywhere else. One thing about nature, it can adapt in some circumstances.
I would work docks heavily, bridge pilings and any little point or break that blocks the flow and can support the eggs.... They will spawn but it wont be as easy to spot the structure as more of it will be underwater than the usual treelines, bushes and timber falls....
Really take note of regulars you notice on the water. Many of them have sunk structure during the winter anticipating this situation so they will be fishing the beds they have created.
 
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Yep most dedicated crappie fishermen make there own brushpiles and that is the ticket with low water. They will be backed out along the channels.

If the water is kinda clear they will spawn deeper so the light can penetrate and keep the eggs warm.


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I was thinking the same thing Sunday... man that tree or bushes would be great IF the water was up there. It seemed kind of barren to me. At normal water level for a time, does aquatic vegatation grow in some of those fingers/bays ?
 
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