The sure way to distinguish them is that the Black Crappie has 7 or 8 dorsal spines and the White Crappie has only 6. Crappie are very narrow side to side and have a deep or fairly high body top to bottom. Both dorsal and anal fins are large and extend well back toward the tail. The dorsal and anal fins as well as the tail have the black dots and speckle pattern that is on the body.
Feeding And Spawning Habits
The females will lay 5,000 to 30,000 eggs in the nest which the male will cover with milt. The female will spawn with several different males in their separate nests laying a total of anywhere from 120,000 to 200,000 eggs. The males then guard their nests. The eggs hatch in five to ten days and the males continue to guard the young until they can swim and feed on their own.
In Bighorn Lake
As throughout nature, the necessity of fulfilling certain needs for food or water and the other requirements for life exposes individuals to the hazards of life such as falling prey to other species trying to fulfill their needs. It all makes the fabric of life wonderfully complex.
Did You Know?
Long before the Bighorn River was tamed by the Yellowtail Dam, the roiling waters through the canyon were feared. During spring snowmelt, the water turned into a raging torrent, a combination of whirlpools, rapids, and eddies. Conversely, the river through the canyon had a reputation for being placid by late summer, when dry heat and lack of rainfall turned it into a sedate stream. More...