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I've pellet trained Hybrid Crappie to take pellets too.


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Originally Posted by esshup
I've pellet trained Hybrid Crappie to take pellets too.

Nice!

In my limited experience, the main cohort of Crappie in a BOW always seem to be very efficient at eating up the food supply for their size range. Even when they are thriving in the short term, I fear that stunting is always peeking over the horizon.


Pellet feeding them would certainly remove or mitigate that fear. (At least when the pond population was still below the carrying capacity.)

How did the crappie respond in that situation with pellet feeding, esshup? I would think there would be a chance to have fantastic results?

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The stockers grew really fast, I'm not sure that any offspring are eating pellets. Because the stockers grew fast, and were in great body condition, it was even more important to keep harvesting the smaller crappie (8"-10" size)


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For pellet eating fish, I have found that if the pellet eaters do not have a long history of many generations eating pellets thus their offspring tend to not quickly learn to be good pellet eating fish food unless the new generations are each trained or conditioned to eat pellets. Instinct tells the new generation to focus on eating historically what was eaten in the past - usually natural foods. One very good example is with trout. Trout have for many, many years been raised from fry to adults all eating pellets. This tendency to eat pelleted food has been engrained in the genetic composition of trout. Thus trout fry very readily accept pellet fry power soon after hatching. I and many regional yellow perch growers who are using a local long time domesticated strain of YP (43yrs) are seeing the same thing happening as what happens with the new generations of trout who quickly learn to eat pelleted fish food. These new generation YP have a very high percentage rate of pellet acceptance.

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