Check out the Crappie Survey Results from Roosevelt Lake
The Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted their annual Black Crappie trap netting survey at Roosevelt Lake October 3rd through October 5th. We caught 113 Black Crappie during the three day survey. We use trap nets to catch Crappie because they are not harmful to the fish.
Trap nets have two main parts, a long 150 foot section of net with small mesh and a big square net connected to multiple smaller hoops. The long section of net guides fish from the shoreline to the big square net section where they are trapped. All of the fish were collected, weighed, measured, and released unharmed.
The Black Crappie we caught ranged from 2 inches to 14.5 inches in length. The largest Black Crappie weighed in at just over 2 pounds! Out of the 113 Black Crappie caught, 65 were between 6-9 inches while 17 were between 9-12 inches. Check out a graph of the length frequency histogram to see the number of Black Crappie we caught by size class. These high catch rates could be an indication of a great Crappie population at Roosevelt lake the next two years. The Department will continue to monitor the Black Crappie at Roosevelt Lake on a yearly basis.
If you liked this post, learn about the Roosevelt Lake Flathead Catfish Fall 2016 results at A Day in the Field: Roosevelt Lake Flathead Catfish Survey Results for Fall 2016! Also check out the latest Flathead Catfish Electrofishing Video from Roosevelt Lake!
To learn about the Lake Pleasant Flathead Catfish Fall 2016 results and go to A Day in the Field: Lake Pleasant Catfish Survey Results for Fall 2016! Also check out another Flathead Catfish survey video from Lake Pleasant Fall 2016!
To learn about Bartlet Flathead Catfish Fall 2016 results go to A Day in the Field: Bartlett Flathead Catfish Survey! Also check out a video of the Bartlett Lake Fall 2016 Flathead Catfish Video!
Do you want to learn more about tagging fish? You can also learn more tagging fish from the Research Branch’s trout tagging project!