Loved by some and hated by others; the unpredictable nature of the Black Crappie is probably the cause of these mixed feelings.
Female Black Crappie are able to generate 60,000 eggs/pound of body weight, which leads to their boom or bust nature. It is common to see them overpopulate in a pond, and then in a few years, they can just about disappear.
Black Crappie Advice:
Generally, we recommend not stocking this fish in smaller ponds because of their unpredictable nature. Small crappie find plenty of natural food in ponds, such as zooplankton, insect larvae, snails, and leech, but adult Black Crappie feed mainly on small fish, and will not take fish pellets. If you would like to stock Black Crappie, we recommend about 200 per Surface Acre for an initial stocking.