North Mississippi Fish Hatchery

Crappie Hatchery, Fish Hatchery

North Mississippi Fish Hatchery

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Magnolia Crappie 

White crappie (Pomoxis annularis) and black crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) are popular sport fish. Some of the best crappie fishing in North America occurs in Mississippi. However, management of crappie populations in small impoundments presents some difficult challenges.

Crappies are prolific spawners that can quickly overpopulate small impoundments resulting in many undesirable fish less than 6 inches. Fisheries biologists have tried to manage this problem but strongly discourage stocking crappie into small impoundments.

In the 1990s MDWFP and the University of Mississippi teamed up to create a sterile crappie that would not overpopulate a small impoundment. The result was the Magnolia Crappie.



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