Turtles can lay hundreds of eggs in season, producing millions of hatchlings in any given body of water. If fish such as bass, crappie and other panfish didn’t eat them, turtle populations would explode!
Fact is, panfish and many gamefish feast on turtle hatchlings – not only in spring time – but throughout the developing stages of a young turtle’s life cycle. When the shell is softer and easily digestible, panfish depend on turtles just like any other food source – worms, minnows, lizards and frogs – to survive. Mother Nature uses this as a mechanism to balance numbers as turtles, in-turn, prey on fish eggs throughout their lives.