Possible limiting factors for a sustainable crappie fishery in the Salt River chain of reservoirs, Arizona
AdvisorMaughan, O. Eugene
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe dynamics of crappie populations in southwestern reservoirs are not well documented. In order for managers to enhance a crappie fishery, they need to understand the factors that control populations. I examined potential limiting factors for black crappie in 4 sequential reservoirs on the Salt River, Arizona. Only in Roosevelt Reservoir, the uppermost reservoir, were crappie relatively abundant. I identified 3 possible limiting factors. Apache, Canyon, and Saguaro reservoirs lacked sufficient spawning substrates. All 4 reservoirs lacked sufficient cover. Finally, the lower 3 reservoirs are less productive during the fall according to chlorophyll a levels than Roosevelt Reservoir. Low productivity may have resulted in fewer zooplankton and possibly a limited forage base for juvenile crappie. Options such as spawning platforms, artificial cover, fertilization, and stocking are discussed as ways to improve the crappie fishery in these reservoirs.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Renewable Natural Resources