Common Family: The Sunfish Family
Common Name: White Crappie
Scientific Name: Pomoxis annularis
White 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. White crappie have 6 dorsal spines. Black crappie have 7 or 8 dorsal spines.
Range and Habitat:
White crappie are found throughout Indiana’s in 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 with great success.
Black crappie have 7-8 dorsal spines, rarely 6.