Hybrid Crappie

Hybrid Crappie
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Hybrid Crappie 

Other Names: Papermouth, Spec.

About Hybrid Crappie:  Crappie are a popular wide bodied panfish. Reaching an average size of 1 to 2 pounds crappie are fun to catch and great to eat, however they are not very well suited to small ponds because of their tendency to overpopulate. To solve this problem Hoosier Pond Pros. is offering HYBRID CRAPPIE. Hybrid Crappie are the first generation cross between a black crappie and a white crappie. The resulting hybrid displays limited reproduction and increased growth.  In a ten year study conducted in Illinois, ponds stocked with hybrid crappie, bass and bluegill, the hybrid crappie were unable to maintain their population (no offspring made it to adult size and begin spawning).   The same research indicates and F1 Hybrid Crappie grow faster and weigh more than both black crappie and white crappie. We have seen 3 pound fish 6 years after stocking in a pond that has plenty of forage. 

Spawning: Although Hybrid Crappie are not sterile, they display limited recruitment. Early research indicates that hybrid crappie populations are 50% male and 50% female and if stocked in a pond by themselves they are capable of producing offspring. However, the offspring of hybrid crappie are inferior in terms of growth and are readily controlled (eaten) by bass and bluegill. Therefore, when stocking hybrid crappie in ponds with bass and bluegill very few if any baby crappie will survive, preventing overpopulation.  Crappies will make nests similar to Bluegill in 1.5 to 10 feet of water when the water temperature is 61°F to 72°F. The male will guard the nest for 4-5 days after the eggs are laid until the young hatch, then he abandons the nest and young. 

Stocking Rate: Hybrid crappie will be easier to manage than black crappie but will require periodic restocking to maintain good fishing. Stock 100 to 200 Hybrid Crappie per acre and be sure to stock bass and bluegill with them to control reproduction.

A $250 minimum order to one address is required to qualify for free fish delivery within 50 miles of zip code 46531. Call or e-mail for delivery quote if you are outside of that area or if the order is less than $250. Multiple fish species can be combined to meet the $250 minimum for free delivery.

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