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Pond size for crappie? #13117086
04/08/19 02:33 AM
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Im wondering if our 8-10acre, depending on water level pond could support crappie along with the bass and a few catfish. Pond is over 20 deep, has decent structure between stumps and lay downs.


Edit to add, we wouldnt be adding a bunch of them, maybe 100 fish tops, likely 50. They would be religiously culled as we cull and clean bass every year along with adding 10-25 lbs of minnows every year. 100-250 blue gill every year plus we have a sustained green sunfish population.

Re: Pond size for crappie? [Re: Paper mouth] #13118285
04/09/19 09:14 AM
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The minimum size I've always heard was 25 acres.

Re: Pond size for crappie? [Re: Paper mouth] #13118431
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Crappie are a mystery fish. Their spawn is irregular and unpredictable. One year you may get nothing and another year get literally hundreds of thousands of fry.

I know of a pond of about 5 acres that has been successful with crappie...but it is the only one out of hundreds. Most are unsuccessful and drastic measures are required to recover.

Its my opinion based on experience that anything less than or equal to 10 acres is a [censored] shoot on crappie ! Personally, I would not try it and get my crappie from other waters. They are fantastic eating...the best from freshwater.

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Also, this isnt a pond were trying to raise big bass in. We have others for that, 30-35 acres of water on a 85 acre place. This one is at the bottom of the property.

Re: Pond size for crappie? [Re: Paper mouth] #13119099
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Go for it! We've got crappie in our ten acre NE Texas pond and they are thriving -- along with trophy bass and bluegill. We've caught some monsters. Great eating and fun to catch in deep water in the heat of summer when not much else is biting...

Re: Pond size for crappie? [Re: Paper mouth] #13122738
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Ive caught some good ones in a pond of about 10 acres. That pond takes flood water from the Trinity though and is stacked thick with shad. I think the deal with smaller ponds and crappie is threadfins...if the pond cannot sustain shad crappie dont do well. And ponds at or around 10 acres are often to small and or shallow to sustain good shad populations.

Just my observation. Meadowlark is an expert.


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