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INTIMIDATOR
12-14-2015, 11:51 AM
Crappie Science
by Steve Quinn....Article In IN-FISHERMAN Magazine.
For Educational Purpose only!


Crappies for the most part remain abundant in the face of sustained fishing pressure from lots of avid anglers. And while we might all like to catch bigger crappies, most are eating-size, so it’s not a critical concern. Moreover, attempts to improve the size structure of crappie populations with regulations have met with little success. Crappie spawning and recruitment have long been perplexing as well, but as long as they’re not scarce, we tend to let nature take its course.

Crappie Biology
Early in the last century, specialists in fish behavior mapped out the basic life history of our two crappie species, noting differences in behavior in reservoirs and shallow lakes, and among waterways at various latitudes. Descriptions of spawning behavior and prey preferences also were conducted, establishing the baseline of information we rely on when planning fishing strategies. Yet, new findings continue.

*Miranda, L. E., and B. S. Dorr. 2000. Size selectivity of *crappie angling. N. Am. J. Fish. Mngt. 20:706-710.


Read more: Crappie Science - In-Fisherman (http://www.in-fisherman.com/panfish/crappie-black-or-white/crappie-science/#ixzz3uJYfaSSt)

dandeman
12-14-2015, 03:52 PM
Thanks for posting the article. Very informative.

tear-em-up
12-15-2015, 06:58 PM
Have you ever heard of any research on crappie in tidal waters ,theres alot of crappie in the headwaters of most of the rivers that are part of the chesapeake bay watershed and the rivers in eastern NC

INTIMIDATOR
12-16-2015, 07:15 AM
Have you ever heard of any research on crappie in tidal waters ,theres alot of crappie in the headwaters of most of the rivers that are part of the chesapeake bay watershed and the rivers in eastern NC

I just Googled Tidal Water Crappie and A lot of info is available....
This one is from my Favorite Magazine...How To Catch Crappies In Backwaters - In-Fisherman (http://www.in-fisherman.com/panfish/crappie-black-or-white/how-to-catch-crappies-blackwater-crappie/)
If you can see past the blatant advertising of Products (Which is how they make their money), the info and articles are very informative and have a lot of info!:)

tear-em-up
12-16-2015, 06:29 PM
That was neat see an article about tidal crappie fishing in a national publication . Jim gronaw writes alot about mid atlantic fishing in more local publications . I still wonder how much scientific research has been done on tidal crappie . I would think the gulf coast would have tidal crappie too .

INTIMIDATOR
12-17-2015, 09:05 AM
One of my buddies is a scuba diver who works for the ODNR lake Management at our home lake....he resets docks after storms, recovery, etc....
I ask him to take a look last year at some of the cover that we put into the lake for small Crappie and gave him 5 locations close by...supposedly Crappie fry move out and free swim like in the article.
He checked the cover 4 different times and each time he said they were just loaded with small Crappie between 2 and 4 inches....these were all areas of densely packed Christmas trees, cedar, and brush, close to spawning areas and deeper water! At least we know for sure that we might be able to help the survival rate of the smaller fish by putting cover in good areas for them!

tear-em-up
12-17-2015, 06:12 PM
Thats good to know