Crappie Ponds

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Crappie Ponds

 

Species

Stocking rate if pond fed, fertilized or aerated

Stocking rate if pond NOT fed, fertilized or aerated

Time of year to stock

 

Black Crappie

150 per acre

75 per acre

Fall or Spring

Bluegill

400 per acre

200 per acre

Fall or Spring

Redear Sunfish

100 per acre

50 per acre

Fall or Spring

Fathead Minnows

10 pounds per acre

10 pounds per acre

Fall or Spring

Largemouth Bass

150 per acre

75 per acre

Fall or Spring

Grass Carp

5 to 10 per acre

5 to 10 per acre

Fall or Spring

 

 

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The Crappie option is the most complicated of pond stocking combinations. Crappie are a favorite of many fisherman and most pondowners wish to stock crappie in their ponds. However, crappie can be difficult to manage in small ponds due to their ability to reproduce rapidly and overpopulate. Successful crappie ponds are greater than 5 acres with abundant habitat (brushpiles) and numerous small (less than 1 pound ) largemouth bass. Black crappie do not produce as many eggs as white crappie and are therefore better suited to fishing ponds.

     Black crappie serve as both predator and prey because they feed on small fish and produce large numbers of offspring. Bluegill, redear sunfish and fathead minnows should be stocked as forage for black crappie. Largemouth bass should be stocked at increased numbers to control the crappie population. Black crappie handle best in cold temperatures and therefore should be stocked October through April.

     A successful black crappie pond must be stocked in the proper sequence to ensure the development of the predator/prey relationship. Small (1-3 inch) black crappie, bluegill and redear can be stocked into new ponds during fall or spring (October –March). Black crappie will begin to spawn in April and bream will begin to spawn in May and June. Once bream spawning has occurred, small (1-3 inch) largemouth bass may be stocked during that summer or fall (May-September).

          Fathead Minnows will serve as forage for the growing bream and crappie. Once bass are stocked minnows may disappear quickly. This is ok because the bass will feed on the young crappie and bream. Minnows can be stocked periodically in the spring and fall to supplement your forage population. Grass carp should also be stocked to control aquatic vegetation before it becomes a big problem.

Mature black crappie can be expected to grow 1/2 to 1 pound a year with bass staying in the 1/2 to 1 pound range to control crappie populations. Mature bluegill and redear should grow 1/4 pound per year with many younger bream staying in the 1-2 inch size range to feed the crappie (see black crappie management). It is very important to restrict the harvest of bass in a black crappie pond. Enough bass can be removed in one day of fishing to upset the predator/prey balance required to control the black crappie population.

Hybrid crappie may be substituted for black crappie. Hybrid crappie will be easier to manage than black crappie but will require periodic restocking to maintain good fishing. Indicate on the order form whether you want black crappie or hybrid crappie. If substituting hybrid crappie for black crappie you will receive 63 hybrid crappie and 25 bass per ¼ acre instead of 38 black crappie and 38 bass per ¼ acre. The price per ¼ acre will stay the same. Crappie ponds require fertile soils to be productive. If your soil is not fertile you may want to consider a Catfish pond or Hybrid Bream pond.

     Feeding ponds stocked with black crappie/bass/bluegill/redear allows bluegill and redear to grow larger, produce more forage and grow bigger crappie. Bluegill and redear should be fed a high protein feed with at least 38-40% protein and 8–10% fat. Ponds without aeration should not be fed more than 10-15 pounds of feed per acre per day. Aerated ponds may be fed up to 20-30 pounds of feed per acre per day.

    Hybrid bream are not good forage for black crappie and will breed with other bluegill and redear producing inbred fish that do not grow. DO NOT stock hybrid bream in black crappie ponds. (see hybrid bream option)!

 

 

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