Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

TWRA's Region 4 - East Tennessee

Reservoir Fisheries Management Program

Cherokee Lake - Trap Netting 2015


The TWRA netted Cherokee in early November. The 76 net-night sample collected 271 black, 38 white, and eight black-nose crappie. TWRA's catch rate for crappie has not been very good during the past several years. Just 14% of the black crappie in the 2015 sample were greater than the minimum length limit of 10-inches. A limited number of intermediate and young-of-the-year crappie were collected demonstrating reproduction and recruitment have suffered from 2013 to 2015.

It will take several years of successful spawning to boost crappie numbers back to where the TWRA would like them to be. Although the TWRA plans to increase the stocking rate for Cherokee crappie again in 2016, stocking can never achieve the results of a good natural spawn. TWRA hopes environmental conditions cooperate in the near future. You can view summaries of TWRA's crappie and other fish stockings via this webpage.


Trap Netting Demonstration Video


Black crappie length frequency


Black Crappie catch rates


Catch rate of young-of-the-year crappie


YOY White Crappie

A young-of-the-year (YOY) white crappie



Hybrid Crappie

A hybrid crappie (7 dorsal spines, faint vertical bars, and odd body shape)