Fish of the Mississippi River
Crappie are often found hunting minnows near submerged stumps, fallen trees, and rock piles. It also eats insects, crustaceans, and zooplankton. Crappie swim in large schools and are most active at dawn and dusk.
White and black crappies tend to prefer different habitat. White crappie tolerate turbid waters better than Black crappie and are more abundant in waters that have lots of silt. Black crappie are common in the backwater sloughs of the upper Mississippi River.
People rank high on the list of crappie predators. Anglers aggressively pursue it, especially in the winter when other fish are less active. It has sweet, white meat and is popular table fare.
Key ID Features: Crappies are a round flat fish with a large anal fin nearly the same size and shape as the dorsal fin. Both white and black crappies have a silvery green back and silvery sides. The black crappie densely speckled with black spots. The white crappie’s black spots run in dark vertical bars. Both species average 6-12 inches in length and can weigh up to one pound.
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Last updated: November 22, 2019