Post date: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 22:41
Updated date: 4/1/14
Black Crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus


Black crappies are known as eager biters and a much sought-after food fish. They are found in most lakes and rivers in our region, and have been introduced into other waters across the continent. Because of this, these fish are a familiar sight almost everywhere you fish.


Other Names: Papermouth, Speckled Perch, Calico Perch, Strawberry Bass, Bachelor Perch, Oswego Bass, Speck



Male black crappies develop dark black heads and front halves during the spawn, which makes for easy identification. They spawn in spring, when water temps approach 60 degrees, on shallow flats scattered with reeds or brush. Spawning fish are easy targets, as large schools can be spotted and fished for from a distance. After spawning they vacate the shallows and move to nearby deep water, forming tight schools suspended around the primary break. They stay here throughout the day, and can be difficult to locate without the aid of electronics. As evening sets in, these huge schools move into shallower, brushy areas such as beaver feed piles around lodges to scarf down shiners, dace or whatever the primary native forage may be. In the winter, black crappies usually suspend in deep water and are easy targets for the ice angler who knows how to find them. Once you locate crappies, you'll catch a bunch if you can stay on the school.

Range Map

Lifelist Entries

Post date: Friday, July 15, 2016 - 12:26
Post date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:20
Ottertail Channel
Post date: Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 04:08
Post date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 20:08
Secret wooded pond!
Post date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 16:23
Ottawa River
Post date: Friday, September 28, 2012 - 22:03
Mount Joy Pond
Post date: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 02:42
Pond, IN
Post date: Friday, January 24, 2014 - 10:52
Chalco Hills, NE
Post date: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 15:10
Oxbow Lake, St. Paul, VA. This is a piece of the Clinch River that was re-routed for flood control by the town.
Post date: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 20:18
Robeson Creek, North Carolina
Post date: Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 20:13
Bond Swamp NWR/Twiggs Co., Ga
Post date: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 19:26
South Fork, Forked Deer River, TN
Post date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 19:54
Weatherby Lake, MO
Post date: Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 09:19
Snake River
Post date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 16:00
Lake in Buffalo, MN
Post date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 21:19
Puslinch, Ontario
Post date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 00:06
spring lake
Post date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 14:23
Wildwood Lake, Nebraska
Post date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 17:12
Post date: Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 19:25
Miami Whitewater Forest Lake, OH
Post date: Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 21:08
Wisconsin River, Nekoosa, Wisconsin
Post date: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 20:51
Harlem Meer, New York
Post date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 19:46
Cedar Lake another fish for the contest!
Post date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 17:42
Secret Pond!!