Exploitation and survival of black crappies in three georgia reservoirs

Scott C. Larson, Bruce Saul, Steve Schleiger

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During 1987–1989, population dynamics and fisheries for black crappies Pomoxis nigromaculatus were evaluated at three Georgia reservoirs that traditionally received substantial crappie-fishing effort. Exploitation rates and survival were estimated with mark–recapture studies relying on tag returns from anglers. Fishing pressure, harvest, and angler success were evaluated with nonuniform probability roving creel surveys. Growth rates were determined by scale analysis. Annual survival estimates ranged from 8 to 18% at all reservoirs; exploitation estimates ranged from 40 to 68%. Black crappies entered the fisheries at age 2 or 3 and numerically dominated the total angling harvest at all reservoirs. All populations were characterized by low survival regardless of angler exploitation, so standing crops of harvestable crappies would not be expected to increase appreciably if exploitation were reduced. Thus, anglers would not benefit from additional regulation of harvest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)604-613
Number of pages10
JournalNorth American Journal of Fisheries Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1991
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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