Posted on Friday Mar 14, 2014 at 9:35 AM
bigjon, my best guess is that those tiny crappie probably came from some other small lake or pond with a stunted population. I would bet that they escaped from a pond somehow (overflow might be unlikely given our paltry rain/runoff situation, but perhaps some of our fall rain was heavy enough locally to fill a pond or two up to the overflow pipes) and made their way into the channel via a small creek. I agree that crappie native to the navigation channel system would likely be quite a bit larger than that. Crappie do have the ability to produce eggs, fry, and juveniles well into June if water temps and conditions are right, but even then those fish should have grown beyond that length in any situation other than a small water body, limited food scenario...which is why I think they came from a pond. Most healthy crappie from last year's spawn would be in the 4-6 inch range a full 10-11 months later (this time of year).