The Lifespan Of Crappie, Brim, Catfish and Gar

How many years can crappie live? How many years can brim live? How many years can catfish live? How many years can gar live?

Trying to determine the lifespan of any fish can be difficult particularly fish that are found in different locations around the country or world. Like humans, there is a large range of how long fish can live, mainly because of conditions in each area. The availability of food, predators and the overall quality of the environment play a significant role. For the crappie fish, the average lifespan in the wild is about seven years. This is only the case when the fish is found in abundant food areas as well as in areas that are not heavily fished. Add an angler into the mix (or many) and you will find that the lifespan is cut drastically. The oldest recorded lifespan of a crappie is 15 years. Some varieties, such as the black crappie can average 6 to 10 years of life. As far as brim go, you will find that they have a tendency to live shorter lives. Brim, or bluegill as it is more readily known, usually live about 5 to 6 years. Catfish are believed to have a lifespan that is a bit longer. They are thought to live about 11 to 12 years. The oldest recorded catfish lived to be 24 years old. Gar, on the other hand live longer in the wild. They are believed to have a lifespan of about 17 to 22 years! Much longer than other fish. Conditions always play a role in the lifespan of a fish. More so, if the fish is kept in a tank, this too can change its lifespan considerably.


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