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Radio tagging crappie on Sardis Lake


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By shark - Posted on 14 December 2009

Radio Tagging Crappie 1

We are radio tagging crappie on Sardis Reservoiri through a cooperative project between Ole Miss/Miss State/and the MS Dept. of Wildlife. We have just begun the tagging portion of the study. We will be tagging fish from Dec. until about Feb. If any fishermen (or women) would like to contact me about helping with this project please let me know.

Example of Radio Tagged Crappie

We could use any advice on where to find fish and would be happy to accompany any of you if you need company. We are conducting tag and release and are placing radio transmitters in crappie to follow them around the lake through the spawning season and into the summer. Please be aware of any fish with a tag and please report the fish. The phone number is on the tag. We will come and pick up the tag.

The crappie tagging team

Contact Glenn Parsons at 662 915 7479 if you would like to talk about this project. (email bygrp@olemiss.edu)

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CrappieRadio's picture

Mr. John Woods was a huge help and we were able to catch enough fish on Friday to implant all 25 radio transmitters. Sardis fishermen: please let us know if you catch any of these tagged fish, and be on the lookout in the Lower Lake too as some fish may end up being pulled through the outflow. Keep the tagged fish that you catch to be eligible for rewards. Prizes will be awarded for certain tag numbers.

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CrappieRadio, Glad to be able to help with the radio transmitter tagging. I will be glad to help any time just give me a call. It was really great to watch the implant procedure. I think I got a pretty good video of the procedure if I can figure out how to download it. Enjoy your school break. Thanks John Woods

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Hi everybody. I'm Dr. Parsons' graduate student working on the radio tracking project described above. Thought I'd give a report on our progress: Wind kept us off the lake today, but we hope to get after it on Friday/Saturday. Was great to meet Mr. Woods and try to glean some knowledge from him even though we couldn't fish today in an east wind with big whitecaps.

Ray's picture

Woods will get you the fish if the weather and crappiei will cooperate. Are you going to distinguish between the Black and White crappie? I would bet they have different movement patterns.

Ray

CrappieRadio's picture

We will be interested to see differences in the movement of the two species. I'm also planning to take some fish back to campus to run a comparative swimming performance study. If the tests show differences in the swimming ability of the two species, it may help explain any different patterns observed using the radio transmitters.
Caleb

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CrappieRadio, I got home at about 2:00pm. My friend Ken Franklin called. He had been deer hunting and was crossing the dam at Sardis and wanted to know if I was fishing. He said it looked like you could fish almost any where on the lake. That's the Woods look for you. How many crappiei do you plan to tag with the regular tag? Woods

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We plan to eventually tag around 600 fish with the colored tags. A good portion of those will come later in the year with trapping and electroshocking. I have 25 radio transmitters and 100 colored tags on hand now and ready to be used.
Caleb

Wannabe...'s picture

Question: If I volunteer to help with the radio tracking program, will I be required to wear an ugly hat like the one Woods has on? Hehehehehe

Neat program you've got going on. Any plans to publish the results with the tracks layed over a map? Would be pretty interested to see something like that.

Wannabe...

Woods's picture

Wannabe, that is not me in the hat you are talking about. That is Professor Parsons. Although we do have white mustaches. Woods

CrappieRadio's picture

Sadly, the transmitters are not broadcasting a GPS location. No room in the budget for those. I will be using a directional antenna to locate the fish based on the signal strength. I would be glad to publish these locations at some point.
Caleb

Ray's picture

Caleb. Man I can not wait to start seeing data on what these fish are doing. We are looking to set you up with your on blog so you can keep us updated and we will also publish any other data you may have. This is like Christmas to many of us.
If any of the fish ever become difficult to find just have Woods launch his boat and they will instinctively swim to his boat.

Ray

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Hmmmm, what do ya know, it is Dr. Parsons....but ya'll might want to check cause ya'll just might be cousins or something.

Man, these are some rough economic times we're going through. First the fish gps tracking budget gets slashed, then they eliminate the non-fugly hat fund. Next thing you know, the Hire-a-Woods-Look-A-Like program will get the axe.

Bwah.

Wannabe...

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