by Justin on July 18, 2007

Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)

Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)

“White Perch, Calico Bass”

Range and Description:

The Black “Crappie”, or if you feel awkward pronouncing it the
way it looks, just say “Croppie” which is what I hear most people
in the Kentucky area call them; are just another ordinary pond
fish, and they are similar in habitat and temperament as other
fish in the sunfish family such as the Bluegill. Its Scientific
name “Pomoxis” refers to “opercle sharp” which describes the
spiny and sometimes sharp gill covers.

The Black Crappie (Croppie) can be found in all lower 48
states, and tends to negate to same habitat that other sunfish,
most notably the Bluegill but they are a bigger fish and prefer
deeper waters and also hang out around objects such as tree
trunks and other structures near the water.

Black Crappie (Croppie) are randomly dotted with black and tend
to be a silvery green color, with a general body flow as a
Bluegill with a rounded and compacted body. This fish has no
vertical bar markings like others of its species and its dorsal
fin contains seven or eight spines.

Identify Male / Female:
Physically identifying this fish is difficult because Black
Crappie (Croppie) do not change colors in the spawning season.
But sometimes you can get lucky and identify the males by having
a darker more iridescent heads as well as breasts than

Weight / Size: 10-12 Inches and 2-3 1/2lbs

Fishing Tips:

  • Bite best on live minnows, small jigs, and spinners.
  • Best time to fish for Black Crappie is in the spring
    spawning season.
  • Fish in areas with plants, bushes, stumps and tree roots or
    anywhere near a dock.
  • Summer and Fall you will catch Black Crappie in deeper

By Jesse G. Roland

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Othmar Vohringer July 19, 2007 at 9:57 pm

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-Othmar Vohringer-


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