Crappie are not indigenous to Ontario. They are shallow spawners so
their eggs get stuck to the feathers of waterfowl and get carried
north in the spring and since Merkel's Camp is within the Mississippi
Flyway that's a lot of ducks dropping Crappie eggs into Wabigoon Lake
and Dinorwic Lake. Even thought they are a foreign species they are
not considered an invasive species because it appears that they have
caused no ill-effects on natural fish populations.
Crappie populations seemed to have had a really slow start until the
early 90s when their numbers just exploded. Now Wabigoon Lake and
Dinorwic Lake are stuffed with them. We welcome the Crappie because
it's just one more fish to help our Pike and Muskie get fat. Guests
also love Crappie because they are fun to catch and taste fantastic.
Every year we have more and more people specifically inquiring about
our Crappie fishing.
Crappie can be caught in great numbers as well as good sizes. If you
specifically target Crappie and use baits the Pike, Walleyes, Perch
and bass with stay away from, you should catch 30 or 40 in a day.
Because the water in the lake is so nutrient along with many
structures the Crappie love such as weedy bays and patches of Wild
Rice, the Crappie can reach great sizes. You should be able to catch
a few well over a pound. Many of them are in the 13-inch to 17-inch range. Since you are allowed to keep 15 of them with a sport license, it's a great way to help maximize the amount of fish fillets for the big fish fry back home.
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