Black Crappie

Stocking

Black crappie lay less eggs than that of a white crappie making them better suited for ponds and lakes to prevent overpopulation.

Crappie are fun to catch and great to eat, and are among the most sought out species to catch. Crappie however tend to overpopulate small lakes and ponds because they spawn earlier than any other species which allows the offspring to prey on all hatched bass and bluegill. Crappie are always recommended to be stocked along side bass to help reduce the chance of crappie overpopulation. 

Crappie are also very sensitive to water temperature changes and can only be stocked when water temperature remain below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Spawning

Black crappie begin spawning in late March when water temperatures reach 58 degrees Fahrenheit. Males create bowl shaped nests for females to lay their adhesive eggs in. Eggs typically hatch in a week. 

Because crappie spawn before all other species they have the tendency to overpopulate because their offspring get a head start on the food availablility and feed on the offspring of other species that spawn after them.

Growth

Crappie will typically grow 4-5 inches their first year, and 1/4 pound each year after that.

Feeding

Black crappie are predatory fish and subsist on other smaller fish like bass, bluegill, or redear. Supplemental feeding of bait fish helps to increase growth.

Crappie do not accept commercial feed.

Availablility

March-Mid April