Sometimes I wonder why lakes such as belton, with the super threadfin shad population is just a fair crappie lake.
Waco in my opinion has less shad, but a much higher crappie population. One thought is, that it is a fact that the young threadfin shad , compete for the same food(plankton), as the newly spawned crappie do.
If the winter is mild, and there is no shad kill for several years, then the shad population could become out of balance. threadfin live 2 to 3 years if no winter kill.
Over a 3 year period, with no mass loss, thats alot of shad that will potentially survive.
Just another piece in the puzzle to consider, on yearly crappie populations.
On the other end of the spectrum, take a lake like stillhouse , it is usually very clear, due to a lack of nutrients and plankton, and has a scant shad population, and also a scant gamefish population.
Fertile lakes with healthy fish populations really have to maintain a good balance .. Alot must go right .
Waco Kid’s guide service. Crappie fishing on lake Waco, Tradinghouse, and Aquilla