: Pomoxis nigromaculatus
speckled perch, specks, paper mouth, bachelor perch, calico bass,
strawberry bass, or white perch.
Found statewide except in the
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.
Generally, the size range is from 1 to 2 pounds. World Record is
4 pounds, 8 ounces, caught in
Kerr Lake, Virginia, in 1981.
FLORIDA RECORD :
3 pounds, 13.25 ounces, caught
in Lake Talquin, in 1992.
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
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.
TACKLE AND BAITS:
Trolling with small, live
minnows or a spinner-fly combination is very productive. They will also
strike subsurface flies, small spinners, jigs, and tiny crank baits.
Crappies tend to suspend in mid-water, so you may have to experiment to
find the right depth.
Casting; Drifting, Still Fishing, Trolling.