The Black Crappie



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Pomoxis nigromaculatus

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Oklahoma Record:  4lbs 10oz

World Record: 4lbs 15oz, caught in Kerr Lake, Virginia, in 1981.
 
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Description: The black crappie is a silvery-green to yellowish fish with large dorsal and anal fins of almost identical shape and size. The sides are marked with black blotches which become more intense towards the back. The dorsal, anal, and caudal fins also are marked with rows of dark spots. Crappies have compressed bodies, small heads and arched backs. It has a large mouth with an upper jaw extending under the eye.
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Other Names: speckled perch, specks, papermouth, bachelor perch, calico bass, strawberry bass, or white perch.  
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Subspecies: There are no recognized subspecies.  
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Range: Found throughout Oklahoma in ponds and major lakes.
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Habitat: Black crappies thrive in clear, natural lakes and reservoirs with moderate vegetation. They are also found in large slow-moving less turbid rivers, provided the water is not too murky. Crappies prefer water from 50 to 75 degrees but will tolerate water over 80 degrees. It is gregarious and often travels in schools.  
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Spawning Habits: Spawning occurs from February to April when water temperatures reach 62 to 65 degrees. They nest in colonies. Circular nest are fanned by males over gravel or soft-muddy bottoms and frequently around submerged vegetation in waters from three to eight feet deep. After spawning, males guard the eggs and fry. Females may produce between 11,000 and 188,000 eggs.
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Feeding Habits: Primary food items are crustaceans, aquatic insects and small fishes. Adults mainly eat small fish, particularly open-water forage fish, like threadfin shad.
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Growth: Sexual maturity is reached in the second or third year.
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Sporting Quality: Black crappies are excellent game fish and are highly regarded by bait fishermen and artificial-lure anglers alike. They are easily caught during pre-spawning periods when the fish are congregated in large schools. Trolling with small, live minnows or a spinner-fly combination is very productive. They will also strike subsurface flies, small spinners, jigs, and tiny crankbaits. Crappies tend to suspend in midwater, so you may have to experiment to find the right depth.  
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Eating Quality: Considered to be excellent eating by many anglers. The meat is prepared by rolling in cornmeal or dipping in pancake batter and deep frying, and can also be baked or broiled.


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