Impacts of a Threadfin Shad Winterkill on Black Crappie in a North Carolina Reservoir

A total winterkill of threadfin shad (Dorosoma petenense) in B. Everett Jordan Lake, North Carolina, facilitated assessment of their role in the growth and condition of black crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus). Reductions in size at age and Wr were observed in Age 3 and older crappie in the year of the winterkill. Reestablishment of threadfin shad in the following year led to improvements in crappie population parameters, and within 2 years of the shad winterkill, crappie growth and condition had returned to pre-kill levels. The presence of a strong gizzard shad (D. cepedianum) year class during the season in which crappie conditions otherwise declined established the superiority of threadfin shad as forage for crappie.

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