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White Crappie

About White Crappie

The White Crappie is a very popular panfish. They are a very handsome fish with large well formed and armed fins. The White Crappie has 6 dorsal fin spines. This fish is a skulking species, and prefers to live and feed in deep water, preferably in the tree stumps, brush and any underwater piles that will hide them. They will breed in the late spring, laying their eggs along different water weeds. The Wite Crappie will tolerate murky, rather turbid water. This fish is an opportunist feeder and will feed on whatever happens to be readily available; shrimp, nymphs, small fish, water beetles are all eaten whenever found. They are seldom found close to the surface and they are mainly a mid-water species, taking most of their food from reed stems and other projects objects.

The White Crappie has a blue-gray back and silvery sides. The sides are overlaid with dark markings that collectively form horizontal bands and has dark vertical bars. Lighter colored than the Black Crappie.