Evaluating Kentucky’s crappie populations

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 Feb 8th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  330

Modified Feb 8th, 2019 at 12:18 PM

Fishery biologists have three ways of evaluating crappie fisheries to gain a better understanding of catch rates, crappie reproductive success and population trends.

Creel surveys, which are usually conducted from March through October, provide angler input.

Creel clerks talk with anglers on the lakes and ask them what they have been catching and how many fish they have kept. This data helps biologists assess fishing pressure, and harvest.

Trap netting, with modified hoop nets during the fall, is the main sampling method for crappie.

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