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Springtime Crappies on the Upper Red

Springtime Crappies on the Upper Red
Bill Linder Photography

Crappies are one of the most ubiquitous, easy-to-catch fish species in freshwater. Their fillets don’t taste good said no one, ever. What’s always amazed me—and what separates populations of larger crappies from full-grown sunfish or perch—is their propensity to replenish themselves, even amid intense harvest. This doesn’t mean crappies can’t be overharvested. But as biologists have often told me, given suitable spawning habitat, crappies exhibit a miraculous capacity to sustain and replenish themselves.

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