Crappie (Pomoxis annularis / nigromaculatus)
- Size 0.25 to 0.5lb
- Food Value Excellent
- Game Qualities Low
- Habitats River, Lake
Crappies are delicious and easily catchable fish inhabiting continental North American fresh waters. They are abundant and highly popular game, especially for young anglers learning how to fish.
There are two types of Crappies, the Black (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) and the White (Pomoxis annularis). They don't differ much in coloration, but are easily distinguished from one another based on the scattering of their black spots. In Black Crappies, they are dispersed irregularly, while White Crappies have more vague spots, but they are clearly arranged into bars.
Crappies are commonly caught under 1lbs, with 5lbs being the maximum size they can attain.
The two species can be found throughout bays, ponds, lakes, streams and slow-moving rivers throughout the USA and in southern reaches of Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
How to catch
White Crappies prefer shallower waters and tolerate more turbidity, while Black Crappies usually stay close to sandy/muddy bottoms with plenty of vegetation and cover.
They are grateful to target due to their diverse diets. Minnows make for excellent live bait, while artificials such as spinnerbaits or light jigs can be used equally successfully. Bobbers are often used as well.
Once hooked, these fish are easily and quickly pulled out of the water, often in as much time as it takes to rebait the hook.
Good to eat?
Flaky white meat of excellent quality.
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