The T-Bone of Fish!
The White Crappie



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Oklahoma Record:  4lbs 15oz

World Record: No record exsist.
 
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Description: One of the most popular panfish in North America, white and black crappies are closely related and often mistaken for one another. They inhabit lakes and rivers throughout the eastern half of the United States from southern Canada to Texas and have been introduced in many other regions of the country. Though the two species appear similar, the blotched sides of the black crappie feature more dark spots. Tell them apart by counting the spines on the dorsal fin. White crappies display six spines, black crappies seven or eight.
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Subspecies: There are no recognized subspecies.  
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Range: Found throughout Oklahoma in major lakes, farm ponds, rivers, and creeks  
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Habitat: 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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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: Most crappies run 6 to 10 inches in length and weigh less than 1 pound, but they often exceed 2 pounds. The largest specimens surpass 5 pounds. Crappies feed primarily on minnows and supplement their diets with insects and crustaceans.
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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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