Common Family: The Sunfish Family
Common Name: Black Crappie
Scientific Name: Pomoxis nigromaculatus
Black crappie are pan-size fish which are silver and black. They have a large mouth and their spiny-rayed and soft-rayed dorsal fins are connected. Black crappie have 7 or 8 dorsal spines. White crappie have 6 dorsal spines.
Range and Habitat:
Black crappie are found throughout Indiana in our larger streams, rivers, and lakes. They like brushy habitat including standing timber, fallen trees, and brush piles.
Their diet consists mainly of small fish, insects, and crustaceans. Anglers use small minnows and small lures fished in brushy areas.
White crappie have 5-6 dorsal spines, rarely 7.